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UK musician Roger Waters asks PM Modi to free Kashmiri activist

Roger Waters, founding member of the former rock band, Pink Floyd called for the release of IIOJK human rights activist Khurram Pervez. Interestingly, this is not the first time Roger Waters has called out Narendra Modi.

UK musician, Roger Waters, has called out Indian PM Narendra Modi for detaining IIOJK human rights activist Khurram Pervez.

The founding member of the former rock band Pink Floyd, responded to the tweet of a Twitter user calling for the release of Pervez, on Thursday. In his tweet, he said, “Hey Modi, leave Khurram alone.”

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This is not the first time Roger Waters has called out Narendra Modi. Last year in a protest in the UK, he read out the English translation of Aamir Aziz’s Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega introducing him as the “a young poet and activist in Delhi involved in the fight against Modi and his fascist and racist Citizenship law.”

“Kill us, we will become ghosts and write of your killings with all the evidence. You write jokes in court; we will write ‘justice’ on the walls. We will speak so loudly that even the deaf will hear. We will write so clearly that even the blind will read. You write ‘injustice’ on the earth; we will write ‘revolution’ in the sky. Everything will be remembered; everything recorded,” read the verses of the poem.

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Roger Waters was among the several international business and political figures like Bernie Sanders, front runner Democrat in the USA, and Roger Waters, Cusack, and Oliver who had criticized the citizenship law. Pervez was arrested on November 22 from his office in Srinagar during the raid by National Investigative Agency. He is the coordinator of the local human rights group, Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concerns about his arrest as well. They also released a statement on his arrest. “We are deeply concerned at the arrest of Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez under Indian counter-terrorism legislation, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA),” read the UN statement