Mehbooba writes to
Amit Shah seeking
release of boy Arsalan


JAMMU (Jammu and Kashmir): Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about a nineteen-year-old student who was arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and urged him to look into the case to ensure his release at the earliest.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti addresses a press conference in Srinagar.

Earlier on December 31, the NIA had arrested Arsalan Feroz alias Arsalan Soub, in case of radicalizing, motivating, and recruiting youth of Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI) “Arsalan Feroz, a nineteen-year-old student who was arrested by NIA and urged him to look into the case to ensure his release at the earliest,” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief tweeted.
In her letter to Shah, Mufti said, “I am writing to you regarding the arrest of a nineteen-year-old student from Srinagar. Arsalan Feroz was first detained by the J-K police on October 21. After forty days he was subsequently released since nothing was found against him. Till date, there has been no FIR or case registered against this young boy in any police record. Oddly enough according to NIA, Arsalan who recently couldn’t take his twelfth-grade exam owing to his detention has been accused of being a TRF operative indulging in radicalization and motivating youth to join the ranks of militant organizations.”
“I met his crestfallen family today including his father who suffered a stroke because of the dire situation his son is in. It is an utter tragedy that a young boy has been arrested despite no previous adverse police records. Such actions can have catastrophic consequences for him and his family. Arsalan comes from a modest background wherein they are already struggling to make ends meet. You can well imagine the mental anguish and suffering his arrest has brought upon them,” the letter further stated.

Mehbooba Mufti’s letter to Home Minister Amit Shah

“In your last trip to Kashmir, you spoke emphatically about engaging with the youth here. Despite our political differences, I am sure we can agree that such incidents will only alienate our young generation further and leave them with permanent scars and a sense of despondency for a long time. I request you to personally intervene in this case and ensure that justice is served,” it added.

Thousands of ‘Jinnahs’

Meanwhile, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu on Wednesday has said that.

Relatives of Arsalan Feroz alias Arsalan Soub demonstrating against his arrest by NIA

people say MA Jinnah divided India and separated Hindus and Muslims, but you’ll find thousands of Jinnahs who not only divide the land but also the people, alleged Addressing a gathering here on Wednesday, Mufti said, “We blame Jinnah who fought the freedom struggle along with Jawahar Lal Nehru, Gandhi Ji, Sardar Patel, Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan and Ambedkar Ji to make India independent. But we have one complaint that he divided our country and we avoid taking his name today.” The PDP leader added, “They say he (Jinnah) divided India and separated Hindus-Muslims. But you will find thousands of Jinnahs who not only divide the land but also the people. They are people who made no contribution towards freedom.”
Regarding Pakistan, Mufti said, “A General came to our neighbouring nation and said that he will bring real Islam there. He stoked hatred there while teaching religion. Children were given guns instead of books and today explosions occur in Pakistan.” (ANI)