Azad stopped at Srinagar airport, sent back to Delhi

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/10/2019 1:02:32 AM

Anyone can be brought along with money, ex-CM on Doval’s Shopian pictures

SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI, Aug 8: After he was stopped at Srinagar airport and sent back to Delhi, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad slammed the BJP-led government for imposing 'unprecedented' restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir.
Azad said that the BJP has ruined Jammu and Kashmir and that it should be ashamed of it.
Earlier on Thursday, Azad had flown to Srinagar to meet his party workers and assess the situation in the Valley. However, he was stopped at Srinagar airport from going further and sent back to New Delhi.
“I always go to Kashmir after the end of the Parliament session. I have not asked anyone for permission. I am going to join the people in times of suffering,” a national news agency quoted Azad as saying.
Azad said that people in Kashmir have been locked inside their homes and no vehicles are plying on roads. “We have seen several wars but even then the trucks and other vehicles would ply on the highway. Today, there is no traffic to be seen,” Azad said.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed “some dark law” on Kashmiris and restricted them in their homes. Azad also said that people of Ladakh only favoured the formation of a Union territory. "They did not want Article 370 or Article 35-A to be revoked," he said.
The Kashmir Valley is under strict curfew since Monday in wake of the centre's move to abrogate Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.
“People of Jammu and Kashmir are angry. There is no internet, no WhatsApp, no vehicular movement. It is the first state where a law is passed after the imposition of a curfew,” Azad said earlier today before he reached Kashmir. Various opposition leaders including PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference deputy chief Omar Abdullah have been placed under preventive arrest.
Reacting to the pictures and videos of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's interaction with locals in Kahsmir's Shopian district, Azad said, “Anyone can be brought along with money,”
NSA Doval on Wednesday undertook a whirlwind visit to the militancy-infested south Kashmir and was seen eating food on a footpath outside closed shops and talking to locals.
The pictures and videos went viral on social media.
“Paise dekar aap kisiko bhi saath le sakte ho (Anyone can be brought along with money),” Azad said when asked about Doval's visit.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Tuesday had passed a resolution stating that the party disapproves the “unilateral, brazen and totally undemocratic manner” in which the Article was abrogated.
In the meanwhile, the Congress termed as ‘illegal’ the action of the administration of Kashmir to stop senior party leader and leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad from entering Srinagar.
In a post on its official twitter handle, the Congress said, “If things are normal in Kashmir as the BJP government claims, why has the former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad been stopped from entering Kashmir? It is flat out illegal and shows that the BJP government is lying to the people of India again. ” Party leader and Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora also criticized action of the Kashmir administration. “I condemn this action against Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition,” Deora said.
“Government of India’s mistreatment of elected leaders is most unfortunate and unacceptable. Kashmiris’ civil liberties must be restored, followed by an all party delegation’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.



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