Curfew in Kashmir is not just a matter of law and order, says Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha

By: | Published: August 8, 2016 12:06 PM

Azad added that it has been over 30 days since curfew has been imposed in the Valley and never has this been obsereved since independence.

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Talking about the prevailing curfew in Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad today in Rajya Sabha said that the Centre cannot think of this as a simple matter of law and order. He added that it has been over 30 days since curfew has been imposed in the Valley and never has this been observed since independence. Azad asserted that is a political, developmental and regional issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

“We have given this notice for discussion to wake up the government. It is unfortunate that the Taj of Hindustan is burning but the central government cannot feel the heat. Which kind of heat will wake up the Kashmir government?” Azad said in the Upper House.

While the normal life in Kashmir remains affected, Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir questioned the Centre’s silence over this matter.

Since the day Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed in an encounter, the Valley has been witnessing protests and killing on a daily basis. However, as per Supreme court, the situation has improved in Kashmir.

“Due to the persistent efforts of the security forces and the J&K Police, the situation has shown remarkable improvement, with number of incidents declining progressively since the outbreak of violent protests and clashes. Compared to 201 incidents on July 9, only 11 incidents were witnessed on August 3,” a 15-page status report filed by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) before a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur said.

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