Srinagar: Senior People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar found it expensive to criticize Home Minister Amit Shah. Last year, Amit Shah advising people in Kashmir to read the autobiography of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and condemning the central government’s decision last year to stop a youth from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from visiting his ailing grandmother in Poonch these are some of the grounds for detention cited in the Public Safety Act (PSA) has been registered against Naeem Akhtar for condemning a decision of the Central Government.
Akhtar has been in custody since the central government announced the abolition of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir last year. PSA law has been imposed on them last week. The dossier states that on 9 January 2019, he referred to the West Bengal speech of BJP president Amit Shah in which Shah had made an open call to the Hindu rashtra and said that saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India. He further said that BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and playing the card of communal hatred to win elections. It further states that Akhtar, close to the family of PDP founder Mufti Mohammed Sayeed is on the “radical elements”. It is also alleged that he used his influence in political circles to incite the public against India.
It is known that Akhtar, a former cabinet minister worked as a spokesperson for the party’s coalition government with the BJP, but later parted ways. His previous activities have been severely criticized in the PSA’s dossier against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The PSA dossier against Akhtar talks about allegations of corruption against Omar Abdullah 10 years ago, when Abdullah was the chief minister of the state. The dossier states that the National Conference filed a defamation suit against the CM Omar Abdullah for allocation of a Rs 5,000 crore hydropower project.
Other grounds for taking Akhtar into custody include advising him to read the autobiography of Geelani, leader of the Hurriyat Conference. The dossier states that his inclination towards radical elements can be gathered from his statement of 27 September 2019, in which he has an education minister advised people to read Geelani’s book ‘Wular Kinaray’.