The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday described rights activist Khurram Parvez as “an anti-social element known for his anti-national activities” while justifying his preventive detention. “The detenue (Parvez), in fact, has also been found having secessionist ideology and inclination towards secessionism, as such has taken active part in the present unrest,” Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said in an affidavit submitted before the high court here. “It has also been found that the detenue has extensive history of affiliation with the separatist organisations, who advocate the secession of J&K State…”
The affidavit claimed that the activist’s activities were “highly prejudicial to the maintenance of public order” and added that there was “no way out” but to detain him. The government opposed Parvez’s release, claiming that he had achieved a “top position in the separatist camps under a hidden cover of human rights activist”. It added that he was not detained because of FIRs registered against him but “with the sole aim” to prevent him from acting “in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order”.
Additional Advocate General Mohammad Iqbal Dar submitted that advocating secession was a serious charge. “Development of the state has been put on hold because of these people. These are the well-planted persons and they are enjoying,” he said. “When he (Parvez) went to jail, there were three suitcases with him and there are foreign clothing. They are living cosy lives.”
Parvez’s lawyer, Parvez Imroz, challenged Dar’s arguments saying that a global campaign was going on for the activist’s release. He added that it should prove his client’s authenticity as an human rights defender. “Even his name is not mentioned in the FIRs and never ever has there been anything against him before July 9 for the state to say that he has a long history.”
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