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After Mirwaiz, Malik moves HC on his house arrest
SRINAGAR, Apr 13: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has filed a petition in the High Court seeking directions to the government to lift his house confinement and restrictions on his movement.

Zaffar Ahmad Shah, the counsel for Malik filed the petition. “We have prayed the armed personnel be withdrawn immediately and no obstruction be caused in his movements. Yasin Malik has been denied all the freedoms as are available to him as a human being under the sun and has prayed in the petition that,” Shah told Kashmir Times.

He added the continuous detention of Malik from March 10 prompted him to file the petition till date no charges making basis of the detention have been communicated to Malik. “During this period he had to go twice for medical check-up as per the medical advice and he is confined to a room of 12 by 9 feet at his residence and is unable to take walks as there is no space available,” the petition reads.

“There is no law anywhere in the world which provides for detention without communication of basis of arrest and depriving the arrested person of the remedies available to him,” Malik has said in his petition.

“Throughout this period he has not been able to offer prayers in the Masjid, to visit his friends and relatives, or share the pain of the people who have suffered or are bereaved,” the petition reads further.

Pertinently, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) was put under house arrest in his New Delhi residence till February 21. After that he was put under house arrest at his Nigeen residence in Srinagar. He was freed for four days and later kept under house arrest again after he announced his visit to the residence of Mohammad Afzal Guru, the parliament attack convict who was executed and buried at Tihar jail on February 9.

Later he approached high court praying that his house detention was not only “in violation of the constitution of J&K but the Indian constitution as well.” “Since there is no declaration against Mirwaiz from any authority, the confinement is against the law,” his counsel had told Kashmir Times.

The counsel for the petitioner had prayed that Mirwaiz being the head of Auqaf of Central Jamia Masjid Srinagar is supposed to chair the meetings there, after every fortnight. At the same time, Mirwaiz is also head of the Anjuman-e-Nusrat-ul-Islam, a body, which runs many schools.

On his house confinement, Mirwaiz had told Kashmir Times that keeping him and other leaders and activists under arrest and house arrest reflects the “highhandedness” of authorities. Expressing serious concern over the treatment met by his activists, he said instead of treating them as political prisoners, the authorities behaved as they were criminals and imprisoned them in jails along with the people already detained for petty social offences.

“This is a political vendetta and by doing this the state government has trespassed all the moral and political norms,” he said adding that there is possibility that this uncalled for action by the government could bear serious repercussions over the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir. He had observed that keeping the Hurriyat leadership devoid of their rights as political prisoners’ shows that ‘state government has gone politically bankrupt’.
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News Updated at : Sunday, April 14, 2013
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