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Mehbooba Mufti slams Centre over Amit Shah’s J&K visit

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR:  Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday slammed Centre over Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s three-day J&K visit.

“HM inaugurating international flights from Srinagar & laying foundation of new medical colleges isn’t new. Half a dozen medical colleges were sanctioned by the UPA government & are functional now. Post Article 370 abrogation & an engineered crisis, J&K has been thrown into chaos,” she tweeted.

She wrote on the twitter that instead of reaching out to the people, the government has opted for cosmetic steps that don’t address the actual problem. She said that steps like releasing of prisoners and ending ‘harassment’ of people would have provided a sense of relief.

“This crisis is of GOIs making & instead of reaching out they opted for cosmetic steps that don’t address the actual problem. Ideally HM’s visit should have been preceded by following up on PM’s assurances post the all party meeting,” Mehbooba tweeted.

“CBMs (confidence building measures) such as lifting the siege that J&K has been put under since 2019, releasing prisoners, ending the harassment people here face on a daily basis, taking tangible steps to revive the economy esp horticulture would have provided a sense of relief.”

She said just before the Home Minister’s visit 700 civilians were detained, booked under PSA and added that “Normalcy acrobatics” are in full swing while reality is denied and obfuscated.

“Prior to his visit, 700 civilians were detained, booked under PSA & many shifted to jails outside Kashmir. Such oppressive steps further vitiate an already tense atmosphere. ‘Normalcy acrobatics’ are in full swing while reality is denied & obfuscated.” — IANS

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