New Delhi, Aug 13: Expressing concern over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the clampdown on the communication network there and detention of several Kashmiri leaders, including two former chief ministers, the Congress on Tuesday demanded that the Government restore communication links and allow an opposition delegation to visit the valley to assess the situation there and meet people .
Talking to reporters here , AICC senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said,’’we are concerned at the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. We are concerned about the communication clampdown and the people of the valley not being allowed to reach out to their families.
In a multi-diverse country like india, no aspersion should be allowed to be cast on the intention of the government to curb fundamental rights of citizens. We urge the Government and the administration of Jammu and Kashmir to lift curbs on the release of the leaders who have been detained for the last 11 days and allow a delegation of political parties to visit the Valley and meet people there.’’
He said that the Government must give across a message to the world that the Government’s commitment to bring normalcy in Kashmir is honest and firm.
‘’No claims by the Government of restoration of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir would be credible unless it lifts the curbs on the communication network and releases the political leaders from detention,’’Mr Sharma said.
Ever since the action of the Government to scrap Article 370, there has been a clampdown on the communication network in the valley. As per reports , leaders of political parties in Kashmir, including former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been under detention. (UNI)