Mehbooba slams CDS Rawat's remarks on curbs in Kashmir

Mehbooba slams CDS Rawat's remarks on curbs in Kashmir
Mehbooba Mufti while addressing the party workers In Jammu. [File: Mir Imran / GK]

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti Sunday charged that repression was the Centre's only method to deal with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Reacting to the remarks by the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat warning of further curbs in Kashmir to tackle the recent violence, Mehbooba said his statement contradicts the official narrative that all is well in Kashmir. “Even after turning Kashmir into an open air prison, Bipin Rawat's statement comes as no surprise because repression is GOI’s only method to deal with the situation in J&K. It also contradicts their official narrative that all is well here,” she tweeted.

Delivering the first Ravi Kant Singh Memorial Lecture in Assam on Saturday, Rawat said that the freedom of movement that people in Jammu and Kashmir were starting to enjoy in the recent times might be disrupted due to the current situation and urged for people's cooperation in tackling the situation.

The PDP chief wondered what more measures were left to be implemented after stringent, harsh and repressive measures like mass arrests, suspension of internet at will, and setting up new security bunkers.

“After taking such stringent, harsh and repressive measures like mass arrests, suspension of internet at will, frisking people (not sparing even kids), seizing bikes plus two wheelers and setting up new security bunkers all over what is left to do?” the former chief minister said.

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