Srinagar, April 06, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has asked the authorities to respond to a plea by May 06 against the illegal detention of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA). A bench of Justice Rashid Ali Dar, hearing a petition filed by Yasin Malik through his mother Attiqa Begum, directed the authorities to file objections to the petition.
The JKLF Chairman was detained on February 22 this year and lodged at Kothibagh police station in Srinagar. On March 06, he was booked under the draconian PSA and shifted to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu.
After hearing advocate Imtiyaz Sofi on behalf of the petitioner, the court issued notice to the authorities through home secretary, district magistrate of Srinagar, Director General Prisons Kashmir, Superintendent Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu, Principal Government Medical College and Hospital Jammu, and Medical Superintendent Government Medical College and Hospital Jammu.
The petition said that the detention order of Muhammad Yasin Malik was patently illegal, unconstitutional and in violation of the provisions of Public Safety Act. “Yasin Malik has neither been produced before the advisory board (under PSA) nor has he been heard and allowed to represent before the advisory board which has infringed his rights, rendering the detention illegal,” the petition said.
The petitioner submitted that the detainee does not want to sabotage the peace and tranquillity of Kashmir and believes that Kashmir dispute has not been settled permanently resulting in the continued political uncertainty in the territory so far.
“The detainee aims that the said dispute be settled permanently so that people of the territory would live peacefully and should not suffer any more. The detainee has the right to express his thoughts and cannot be detained under the preventive custody on this behalf. The detention is politically motivated,” the petitioner pleaded. Meanwhile, the court directed the authorities to ensure provision of medical treatment to Muhammad Yasin Malik.
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