In a big development, Pakistan in its 115-page dossier against India's abrogation of Article 370 and its alleged atrocity in Jammu and Kashmir has quoted Congress' Rahul Gandhi and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah in its cover page. Ahead of the session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland where Pakistan will be presenting the 115-page dossier, its contents allege sensational charges against India and include statements of the likes of Shehla Rashid, Arundhati Roy, Kavita Krishnan who have spoken against India's decision to abrogate Article 370 that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Even before Pakistani delegation led by Shah Mehmood Qureshi speaks in the UN, the dossier has been leaked and quotes Rahul Gandhi's statement after his 'Kashmir visit'. "It's been 20 days since the people of J&K had their freedon and civil liberties curtailed. Leaders of the Opposition and Press got a taste of the dracinian administartion and brute force unleashed on the people of J&K when we tried to visit Srinagar," Rahul Gandhi had tweeted.
The dossier also quotes Omar Abdullah's statement released on August 5 right after India abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The statement said: "GOI's unilateral and shocking decisions will have far-reaching and dangerous consequences. This is an agression against Kashmirirs. The decisions are unilateral, illegal and uncostitutional. A long & tough battlle lies ahead. We are ready. "
After the abrogation of Article 370 by Indian government, Pakistan has been alleging human rights violations and has been trying to raise the issue at international platforms. It has also written letters to the UN citing the alleged atrocity and lockdown in the Kashmir valley after the end of special status enshrined under Article 370. India, however, has rebutted the claims made by Pakistan and called the letters 'not worth the page it is written on'. A high-level Indian delegation led by Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria and Secretary East Vijay Thakur Singh will face-off Pakistani delegation on Tuesday.
An Opposition delegation made unsuccesful attempts to visit Srinagar on August 24. The delegation led by Congress' Rahul Gandhi was however not allowed to enter J&K and made to return to the national capital from Srinagar airport. The delegation comprised of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, as well as other leaders of Opposition - CPI's D Raja, CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury, RJD's Manoj Jha and others. The Jammu and Kashmir government had issued a statement ahead of the visit asking political leaders not to visit the Valley as it would disturb the gradual restoration of peace and normal life. It had also said that the visit by politicians would be in violation of restrictions that have been imposed in many areas of the Valley. The statement from the Jammu and Kashmir administration said at a time when the government is trying to protect the people of the state from the threat of cross-border terrorism and attacks by militants and separatists and gradually trying to restore public order by controlling miscreants and mischief-mongers, attempts should not be made by senior political leaders to disturb the gradual restoration of normal life.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti was put into detention by the J&K administration on the evening of August 4. On August 5, India abrogated Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state. On August 13, MHA sources informed that Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah are safe and healthy and that they have been detained to prevent any provocation. Sources had also said that there is no timeline set as to when will they be released. The MHA sources informed that as long as the govt will not be sure that situation is normal in the valley, leaders will not be released. While Omar Abdullah has been reportedly kept in Hari Niwas Palace, Mehbooba Mufti is at the Chashme Shahi in Srinagar.