PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said the arrest of her party’s youth wing president Waheed ur Rehman Para was emblematic of the situation of Kashmiri politicians who she claimed were being “persecuted” by the Centre for not toeing its line.
Para was arrested on November 25, 2020, in connection with the Naveed Babu-DySP Davinder Singh case for supporting the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group.
Para, who had filed his nomination papers before his arrest, was elected to the District Development Council from Pulwama while in custody.
He has not been administered oath as DDC member so far.
He was granted bail by an NIA court earlier this month but has been taken into custody by Counter Insurgency Kashmir (CIK) wing of JK police.
“Waheed’s persecution by the Indian government is emblematic of the situation that Kashmiri politicians find themselves in today. Disliked & mistrusted by people in J&K for their faith in Indian constitution on one hand & punished by GOI for not toeing their line on the other,” Mehbooba said in a series of tweets.
The PDP president gave a personal rendition of Para’s initiation into politics.
PDPs @parawahid arrested immediately after filing his DDC nomination hails from a family where his grandfather would unfurl the Indian flag when not many Kashmiris would do so. Waheed’s interest in politics started at a young age. pic.twitter.com/aAeIV2Q2b4
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) January 27, 2021