SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Sunday decried New Delhi’s “advisory” to foreign journalists to seek permission before travelling to “restricted” areas including Jammu and Kashmir.
“It has come to the notice of MEA that some foreign journalists based in India, while discharging their journalistic activities or travelling or for tourism purposes have travelled to places which come under restricted/protected areas that require prior permission/special permit,” The Print quoted from a letter, dated 22 May 2018, issued by the ministry of external affairs (MEA).
This reflects New Delhi’s “autocratic mindset”, a Hurriyat spokesperson said in a statement issued here. “Prohibiting foreign media and banning their entry in (J&K) testifies our claim that Indian authorities are perpetrating excesses.”
If New Delhi feels that it have nothing to conceal, then it not shy away from facing the world community over the day to day happenings in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
“No cover or velvet gloves can cover blood drenched hands or conceal the war crimes committed by forces,” the spokesperson said. “Inhuman and callous approach of authorities can neither force us to submission nor break our resolve.”
“Laying curbs on journalists is an unsuccessful attempt to blackmail the international community,” he said adding that the world community should seek explanation over the motive behind such “autocratic and heartless” approach of New Delhi.
Hurriyat spokesperson said Jammu and Kashmir is a highly militarised zone in the world where people are living in suffocated situations and their basic and fundamental rights are being “trampled”.
Appealing UNHRC, Hurriyat said it is their moral obligation to “check and see the human rights violations”, and facilitate the resolution of Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of its people.
Meanwhile, paying tributes to slain armed youth in Kulgam, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani in a statement said authorities have turned the state into a virtual battlefield.
“We salute our martyrs,” Geelani said adding that it is New Delhi’s “stubborn attitude” that precious lives are losing.