Mamata Banerjee Raises Alarm On Kashmir: "everyone Hushed At Gunpoint"

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Reiterating Rahul Gandhi's sentiments, Mamata Banerjee, another Opposition leader claimed that people are being hushed at 'gun point' in Kashmir under the govt

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

Reiterating Rahul Gandhi's sentiments, Mamata Banerjee, another Opposition leader claimed that people are being hushed at 'gun point' in Kashmir under the BJP government.  

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee further asserted that no one has been allowed to 'enter, report or speak' in Kashmir, following the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, by the Indian Parliament. 

"There has been a blunder in Kashmir, has anyone been able to speak up? Anyone? Ask the media. Has anyone been allowed to enter there? Was anyone allowed to report? Was anyone allowed to speak? No. No one. Everyone was hushed up at gunpoint," Mamata Banerjee said. 

"What is going on in Kashmir? The government is using brute force to scuttle all voices of dissent in the Valley," she said while addressing a students rally here.

Mamata Banerjee dared the Centre to arrest her for raising her voice against the government, asserting that she "will not bow down before the BJP".

"All the institutions are headed by retired persons, who have no accountability. They are just following orders of the government like 'yes men'," Mamata Banerjee said.

The country is heading towards presidential form of government, and there will be no place for democracy, the West Bengal CM said.

"The central government is either threatening opposition leaders or buying them out with money. It is after Bengal now, as we are opposing its policies and divisive politics," Mamata Banerjee added. 

Pakistan quotes Opposition leaders

Earlier in the day, Pakistan's Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari send a 8-page letter to the UN, citing Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who called the abrogation of Article 370 'arbitrary.' 

In the the letter, the Pakistan Minister sought the attention of the United Nation special procedure mandate holders asking the members to probe the 'violation of human rights' in Kashmir and deaths of people in the Kashmir valley, that has been 'acknowledged by mainstream politicians.'

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"Acts of violence have even been acknowledged by mainstream politicians, such as the Leader of the Congress Party, Mr. Rahul Gandhi who has noted 'people dying' in Jammu and Kashmir, in light of events going very wrong there," the letter read. 

The letter to the UN also cited former Ghulam Nabi Azad over his statements challenging normalcy in Kashmir.

It said, "It is worth mentioning the statement by senior Congress Party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. 'If the situation is normal then why is the government restricting us from entering the valley?” At one hand the government says things are normal and on the other they impose restrictions. Why this contradictions?'" 

Along with that, the detained leader, Mehbooba Mufti's tweet was also quoted, wherein the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir called the decision to revoke Article 370 as a "unilateral decision." 

Pakistan PM Imran Khan and the Pakistani media has been repeatedly adducing the statement's of Opposition leaders to serve their agenda over Kashmir, despite New Delhi's repeated assertations that Kashmir is an 'internal matter.'

Abrogation of Article 370

Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. Subsequent to the abrogation, Jammu and Kashmir was put under a communication lockdown over security concerns and mainstream Opposition leaders like PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, NC leader Omar Abdullah, JKPC president Sajad Lone and others remain detained. 

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