Pakistan has quoted Opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and others in the dossier on Kashmir in a last-ditch attempt to propel their propaganda against India at the UNHRC.
In the dossier accessed by Republic, the anterior of it quotes Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lambasting the curtailment of "freedom and civil liberties" in the valley and NC vice president Omar Abdullah's criticism towards the PM Modi government citing "aggression against Kashmiris."
The contents in the dossier by Islamabad attempts to fearmonger with hyperbolic interpretations of the situation in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 and the subsequent communication blackout and military deployment in the valley due to security concerns from Pakistan backed terror outfits. Despite India's reiteration that Kashmir is India's internal matter, Islamabad has repeatedly sought the attention of the global politico-diplomatic community. However, except China, world powers including the United States, Russia, Israel, France, and others have diplomatically supported India's stand.
The dossier emphasising on the arrests of Kashmiri politicians quoted PDP chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who tweeted, "How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people and their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. Wake up India."
The dossier included multiple tweets by Mehbooba Mufti, a former ally of the BJP, who had also called the abrogation of Article 370 as the 'darkest day in Indian democracy.'
Pakistan cited Shehla Rashid, wherein the leader of Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement claimed that 'human rights abuses are being carried out in Kashmir to serve the agenda of the BJP.' Shehla Rashid is currently facing sedition charges for her social media posts about alleged human rights violations in the valley.
Rashid had further claimed that in Shopian four men were called into the Army camp and interrogated and a mic was kept close to them so the entire neighbourhood could hear them scream, creating an environment of fear for residents of the area.
AIMIM chief, Asaduddin Owaisi was mentioned in the dossier too, wherein Pakistan quoted the Hyderabad MP speaking about purchasing land in Kashmir.
NC leader and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir had contested the revocation of Article 370 that provided special status to the state. Prior to his arrest, Abdullah had condemned the government, Pakistan quoted the Kashmiri leader to push their propaganda ahead.
He said, "Government of India's unilateral and shocking decisions will have far-reaching and dangerous consequences. This is an aggression against Kashmiris. The decisions are unilateral, illegal and unconstitutional. A long and tough battle lies ahead. We are ready."
This is not the first time that Pakistan has resonated with Rahul Gandhi. The former Congress president was quoted saying, "Its been 20 days since the people of Jammu and Kashmir had their freedom and civil liberties curtailed. Leaders of the Opposition and Press got a taste of the draconian administration and brute force unleashed on people of Jammu and Kashmir when we tried to visit Srinagar."
While leaning on Indian politicians to thrust their agenda, Pakistan conveniently missed out on the terror activities brimming from their soil. A day before the UN meet, intel reports surfaced asserting that Pulwama terror attack perpetrator Masood Azhar was set free, despite the country facing the FATF heat. Security agencies discerned that there might be a spike in terror activities, not just in Jammu and Kashmir but across other parts of the country. The IB has reportedly sounded an alert in various states.
From prominent ministers of Imran Khan to ISI and even the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi, the neighbour country has been desperately promulgating fake news in an attempt to instigate a 'social media propaganda war' after the Indian Parliament abrogated Article 370