J&K govt suspends CDPO in Asiya Andrabi photo goof up

Lester Mason
October 12, 2017

Following the criticism that Mufti government received, child development project officer Shameema Akhter was suspended.

"The CDPO, Shamima, has been placed under suspension and an inquiry has been ordered into the incident", Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Mohammad Yunus Malik told PTI.

Asiya Andrabi, the pro-Pakistan separatist leader who got arrested twice in 2017 and who is said to incite women in Kashmir to pelt security forces with stones.

Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered an inquiry into how the picture of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Asiya Andrabi featured on the banner of campaign "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" along with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in south Kashmir.

Lone said Andrabi was not a role model for women in Jammu and Kashmir or anywhere else in the world.

The poster was displayed at an event organized in south Kashmir's Kokernag town to promote girls' education and was attended by lawmakers, ministers and top officials of the state. "She at best is an aberration, representing the aimless fringe afflicting societies across the world", the minister said in a statement posted on his Twitter handle.

Sajad said the publicity wing of the department works in decentralized format and CDPO's devise their own publicity campaign, which doesn't require approval of the higher authorities.

Asiya Andrabi, who is presently detained under the Public Safety Act, heads Dukhtaran-e-Millat (daughter of the nation) outfit which openly calls for the merger of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan.

However, as Andrabi had reportedly hoisted the Pakistan flag in J&K and supports Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, her featuring in the poster along with eminent woman celebrities did not go down well with many.

BJP spokesperson Sunil Sethi also demanded an action against people responsible for the "goof-up", Hindustan Time reported.

Sharma also said if these acts were part of the deliberate attempts to appease the separatist element in the state.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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