Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday reacted sharply to the Jammu and Kashmir government's social media gag order on its employees.
Mirwaiz said the gag order has exposed the "occupational regime of New Delhi and its local agents in Jammu and Kashmir."
"Ordering gags and threatening punishment to State employees for expressing their opinion on social media completely exposes the aversion to truth or its disclosure by the occupational regime and its unscrupulous local agents! The charade of "normalcy" in #Kashmir will continue to be maintained by silencing people through bullets, jails, gags and bans," Mirwaiz tweeted.
The government on Tuesday amended the conduct rules for employees and barred them from airing political views on personal social media accounts.
"They shall also not use their personal social media accounts for any political activity or endorse the posts or tweets or blogs of any political figure," the new rule states.