While justifying the detention of Faizan Sofi, a 6th class student, Minister for Science and technology Agha Ruhullah Tuesday said the minor’s arrest was made ‘under the provisions of law’.
“Police has detained the Faizan Sofi under Public safety Act (PSA) on reasonable grounds and under the provisions of the law,” the Minister said in an interaction with KNS on the sidelines of an inaugural function of a festival at the Islamic University of Science and Technology at Awantipora.
When asked if he personally believes a student of class 6th can wage war against the state, he said, “Children are being exploited by some miscreants.”
In response to a question as to why the state was not acting against the ‘miscreants’, the minister expressed helplessness. “We’ve some difficulties in arresting them.”
However he refused to comment further on the difficulties and said, “For such a step the government and people have to make a collective effort”.
In reply to a query, he said “Offence is an offence whether committed by Faizan -a school going child- or by any other person. It is the responsibility of parents to take care of their children’s future.”
When asked if the government is contemplating releasing all minor detainees, he said, “Government will look into the matter but I personally believe parents should take care of their children. Government doesn’t not wish to slap PSA on anyone but it is a compulsionfor authorities to do so.”
Reacting to the PDPs statement that Mustafa Kamaal is irrelevant and his party doesn’t take him seriously, he said “Kamaal is a man of value but distinction has to be made whether he is making any statement in his personal capacity or not.”
When asked how people can make that distinction, he said “You (Media) should ask him (Kamaal) whether he is making statement in individual capacity or in official capacity.”
The minister thanked people of Valley “for their cooperation for the establishment of peace and harmony”. “People of Kashmir have understood the value of peace as it leads to progress and development,” he added.