KPSS demands Khurram Pervaiz's Release

Protesting the “preventive detention” slapped on veteran human rights activist Khurram Pervaiz despite Srinagr Court’s release order, Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti has issued a release demanding his freedom.


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The release that elaborates on the misuse of Public Safety Act (PSA) in Kashmir, states that slapping has become a trend in the past three months.
 
It says, “The law like Public Safety Act should be used against the people who damage the social fabric within the society and not against those who raise concern about the human beings.”
 
PSA was introduced to stop timber-smuggling in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. However, the release issues by Sanjay Tickoo says, “This law is used against anyone and the format is available readymade in every concerned office with a fill-in-the-blank pattern. One just has to fill the particulars of the person and PSA is issues against him.”
 
It says that India is a democratic country and so is the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “Not every voice is a secessionist voice and the government has to differentiate it in a proper way,” it adds.
 
Defending Khurram’s work for human rights it delivers a powerful message, “Khurram Pervaiz always raised voice for safeguarding human rights of the people living in this part of the world and he has nothing to do with any voice favouring, or vice-versa, any country, whether it be India or Pakistan. He stands for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, without colour, caste, creed or religion.”  
 
It further states, “KPSS is of opinion that PSA should be used against those people who damage the Public Property of this state. Temple Land mafia, which is run with an active assistance from non-state subjects directly injure the Section 25 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, which states that the state is duty-bound to foster equality and secularism.”
 
The release further reiterates, “A person who belongs to Kashmir and who represents the Voice of Kashmiri People without colour, caste, creed or religion on Human Rights is slapped with PSA. State Government or the Concerned Agencies should immediately revoke PSA against him and he should be set free from all the charges that are allegedly framed against him.”
 
Khurram Pervaiz, who is presently Chairperson of Asian Federation Against involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and Program Coordinator of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) was arrested from Srinagar on September 15. This was a day after he was stopped from boarding a flight to Geneva where he was going to attend the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) session.
 
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