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Alam release will facilitate talks with separatists, says PDP

Alam release will facilitate talks with separatists, says PDP
Under attack from its coalition partner BJP over the release of Hurriyat hardliner Masarat Alam, PDP on Monday said the step was taken to facilitate creation of a conducive atmosphere for talks with separatists.

“We fully defend the decision of the government to release Alam. The courts have ordered his release and the state government is implementing it,” senior party leader and MLC, Firdous Tak told reporters here.

The PDP said that these steps are being taken under reconciliation policy to create a conducive atmosphere to facilitate talks with separatists.

“For undertaking reconciliation, we have to start from somewhere. We have to understand, when we to have talk to separatist leaders, we have to create conducive atmosphere for talks (to commence)”, Tak replied to a question on the steps taken by the government soon after taking over.
The PDP, which came to the defence of the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led government over Alam’s release, maintained that the government has no reason to keep him under detention.

“Quote me one legal provision under which Masarat Alam should have been detained. We have been time and again saying that there is a difference between detention under PSA and detention for life imprisonment. It has been explained well by the Union Home Minister that PSA is meant for 6 months and can be extended for one year,” Tak said.

“In Masarat Alam’s case, there have been seven extensions. There was no legal justification for the state government to keep him in detention, that is why he was released,” he said.
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