Setting the record straight against the narrative that there is a 'communication blackout' in Kashmir, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Thursday addressed the matter with facts about the situation in J&K in the Supreme Court. Ending all claims of foreign lobby about alleged communication blackout, lack of basic amenities in Kashmir, the Centre enunciated facts which prove the contrary to the claims by the foreign lobby. The SG said that the peddling of false narratives is affecting the locals in J&K. SG Mehta was speaking during the hearing on the petitions regarding 'communication lockdown', 'travel curbs affecting human rights' in J&K.
Giving a befitting answer to the Saboot Gang, Attorney General KK Venugopal submitted a report in the Supreme Court. The report gives a pointwise briefing of the step by step relaxation of the blackout in J&K. AG Venugopal said, "Situation has improved and more than 80% landline connections have been restored." He added that the reports about the lack of access to the hospital are incorrect. He released the data of the people being admitted and operated in J&K hospital.
AG Venugopal said that everyone has access to medical facilities of hospitals. He said that seven lakh patients have been treated in the OPD and that over 4,000 have undergone major surgeries in hospitals of J&K. He said that more than 40,000 had minor surgeries in Kashmir valley. He added that seven lakh people in J&K have been treated in the hospital.
With respect to Anuradha Bhasin (Executive Editor of Kashmir Times)'s petition complaining about curfew and alleged media blackout, and 'crippling situation' in J&K, AG Venugopal said that many newspapers are being published. He added that Bhasin has decided not to publish her newspaper on her own. The Supreme Court issued notice to Centre on Anuradha Bhasin's (Executive Editor of Kashmir Times) petition and refused to pass any order today. The apex court said, "We will hear all the petitions on September 16," which includes petitions with regards to alleged 'communication blackout, traffic curbs affecting human rights violations'
Countering the Centre's statements of 100% landline communication restored in the Kashmir Valley, Amnesty International India (AII) on Thursday, has launched an 'Urgent Campaign to end protracted blackout in Kashmir'. The AII has launched its global campaign - #LetKashmirSpeak in a bid to highlight the human cost of the ' communication lockdown', as stated in its press release. The campaign claims a 'communication blackout' is ongoing in the Valley. The press release stated that the restrictions were an assault on the civil liberties of Kashmir residents.