Basic Human Rights Of Dead Or Alive Suspended In JK: Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said the Centre’s claim that people of Jammu and Kashmir now enjoy equal rights is a “barefaced lie” and the ease with which it imposes a “complete siege” in the valley every time it anticipates a reaction is distressing and deeply insensitive.

Her remarks come after authorities snapped mobile telephone services, except on BSNL’s postpaid, and internet services, except on BSNL’s Broadband and Fiber, on Wednesday night immediately after the death of senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Mehbooba wrote: “GOI’s dubious claims that people of J&K now enjoy equal rights is a barefaced lie as truth is that even their basic human rights dead or alive are suspended with pervasive impunity.”

“The ease with which GOI imposes a complete siege including a communications blackout in Kashmir every time it anticipates a reaction from people is distressing & deeply insensitive,” Mehbooba tweeted.

“Their misadventure of creating fear and suppression to eliminate a sentiment is counterproductive since feelings and emotions don’t dissipate or vanish into thin air. These feelings of betrayal, subjugation and anger are absorbed and passed on from one generation to the next,” she tweeted.

“Instead of reaching out, every successive policy is undertaken to humiliate & collectively punish J&K. These punitive actions compound this sense of betrayal and rage,” said Mehbooba in a tweet.

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