The former chief minister and People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that the Government of India’s claim that the people of Jammu and Kashmir enjoy equal rights is a “barefaced lie” and that the basic human rights of the people in J-K are suspended.
“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,” Mehbooba said in a tweet.
She further said that “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 and deeply insensitive”.
Following the death of senior resistance leader of Kashmir Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday night, the government imposed a curfew and communication blackout. However, mobile connection and broadband internet was restored last night.
Mehbooba, in her tweet, said that the government’s “misadventure of creating fear and suppression to eliminate a sentiment is counterproductive since feelings and emotions don’t dissipate or vanish into thin air”.
She added: “These feelings of betrayal, subjugation & anger are absorbed and passed on from one generation to the next.”
Mehbooba stated that “instead of reaching out, every successive policy is undertaken to humiliate and collectively punish J-K. These punitive actions compound this sense of betrayal and rage”.