Having come under sharp criticism for evoking Public Safety Act (PSA) against Hurriyat (G) leader Masarat Alam Bhat, the People’s Democratic Party have come out in defense of the decision saying there is a line for separatists and they shouldn’t cross it.
Speaking on the issue senior PDP leader and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar told Mail Today. “Masarat Alam Bhat did something unacceptable and left us without any option. There is ‘lakshman rekha’ for separatists and us as well.”
Alam was arrested on April, 17th. He is facing sedition charges for taking part at a rally in Srinagar on April 15 where some participants allegedly unfurled Pakistani flags and raised slogans.
Earlier, Alam was released in March after 53-months in jail on the order of CM Mufti Sayeed. The issue sparked a controversy between the two coalition partners – BJP and PDP, in the state.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a complete shutdown in Kashmir on Saturday against the arrest of Masarat Alam under Public Safety Act (PSA).