The Indian Supreme Court of India on Monday (Sep 16)allowed Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit occupied Kashmir and file a report on the aggravating situation in the valley. Ghulam Nabi Azad has been allowed to travel to four districts – Baramulla, Srinagar, Anantnag, and Jammu, after he moved the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking permission to visit his home state.
The Supreme Court directed the Congress leader to not engage in any political activities while in Kashmir. During the Supreme Court hearing today, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “He [Ghulam Nabi Azad] will not make any speeches or hold any public rally as per his own submissions.”
Ghulam Nabi Azad had earlier attempted to enter the occupied region after the abrogation of Article 370 but was sent back by airport authorities. He was accompanied by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, D Raja, Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha, Majeed Memon, and others. After landing at the Delhi airport, Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that the situation in Srinagar was “terrifying.”
On the other hand, Supreme Court of India on Monday (Sep 16) has ordered to lift curfew from Indian Occupied Kashmir and said that Jammu and Kashmir should make every effort to restore normalcy in the state that has been under lockdown for over 40 days. The court then went on to add that restoration will however be done on a “selective basis, keeping in mind national interests”.
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