In occupied Kashmir, the Indian authorities placed the Mayor of Srinagar, Junaid Mattu, under house arrest after he criticized the Narendra Modi government’s Kashmir policies.
Junaid Mattu, who was granted the status of a minister three weeks after the Modi government decided to scrap the special status of occupied Kashmir, in an interview had termed the developments in the Kashmir valley since 5th August as deeply disturbing and anguishing.
In an interview with Indian news channel yesterday, Mr Mattu had criticised the ongoing clampdown on Kashmir and the detention of its political leaders. He claimed that while there may not be any bodies littering its streets, assuming that the region has returned to normal would be “highly unrealistic”.
Junaid Mattu criticized New Delhi’s decision to place pro-India politicians in the valley under house arrest. He added that these politicians must strive to restore the eroded constitutional rights of Jammu and Kashmir and seek a reversal of the Indian government’s move.
The valley which has been under a curfew since August 5, remains cut off from the rest of the world due to the continued blockade and suspension of internet, mobile and landline phones and closure of TV channels.
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