Left Menu
Development News Edition

Azad: Ministers' visit to Valley govt's third bid to spread 'lies' on JK situation

PTI | Jammu | Updated: 16-01-2020 20:41 IST | Created: 16-01-2020 20:41 IST
Azad: Ministers' visit to Valley govt's third bid to spread 'lies' on JK situation

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said that by arranging visits of Union ministers to Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has made a "third bid to spread lies" about situation there post abrogation of its special status. Azad, who is here on a two-day visit along with his party colleague Ambika Soni, said the Central ministers are coming to the Union Territory to celebrate Jammu and Kashmir's "destruction".

"This is a third attempt to mislead and misguide people of the world, J&K and India. They are coming here for a third time to tell lies," Azad told reporters here. His comments come a day after sources in Delhi said a group of central ministers will visit Jammu and Kashmir starting from January 18 including sensitive areas in the Valley to spread awareness about the positive impact of abrogation of Article 370 provisions and the development measures taken by the government for the region.

Azad criticised the move. "Till today, they don't know how to run the government. They have bitterly failed." He said that in the past, the government twice "misled and deceived" the people of the country and the world by conducting "guided tours" of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) and foreign envoys.

In order to influence the international media reportage on the "destruction" and situation in Kashmir, the government conducted tours of MEPs and then envoys to propagate their version of the story to the world, the Rajya Sabha member said. On January 9, a team of 15 envoys including the US Ambassador to India went on a two-day government-sponsored visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Before that, a Delhi-based think tank had taken 23 EU MPs on a two-day visit to assess the situation in the union territory. The government had distanced itself from the MEP visit. Azad said on Thursday that by dividing JK into two union territories, keeping politicians under house arrest, "destroying" trade, industry, tourism, business and transport, and banning political activities of opposition, the government has destroyed J&K.

"The chapter of destruction of J&K started with formations of UT," he said. He said that the political leaders from Kashmir who were called to New Delhi one by one and "tutored", were presented before the envoys, but civil society, media and traders were disallowed to meet them and the previous delegation.

On speculations of formation of a third front in Jammu and Kashmir, he said they are handed-picked by Centre and its agencies and "tutored" to toe their line. He also demanded a fair probe into the case of suspended JK Deputy SP Davinder Singh who has been arrested for sheltering and assisting terrorists.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



China: A savior for emerging markets or a poison pill?

... ...

Future of Urban Planning: Artificial Intelligence guiding the way

Advances in emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can help us understand our cities better and derive useful insights from real-time data collected through automated models....


Latest News

MATCHDAY: Mismatch in England, PSG without Pochettino

A look at whats happening in European soccer on Friday ENGLAND Sixth-division club Chorley will try to pull off another FA Cup upset when it hosts Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club from northern England has already elimi...

Japan denies Olympics will be cancelled

Japan stood firm on Friday on its commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and denied a report of a possible cancellation but the pledge looks unlikely to ease public concern about holding the event during a pandemic. Though much of ...

Distraught families of Sriwijaya Air victims visit Java Sea crash site

Relatives of those killed in the Sriwijaya Air plane crash on Jan. 9 wept and threw red and white petals into the ocean on Friday after an Indonesian navy vessel took them to the site in the Java Sea where their loved ones perished.Flight S...

Apple, Google, other US business groups applaud Biden's immigration reforms

US IT sector and business groups, including technology giants Google and Apple, have applauded President Joe Bidens steps to initiate immigration reforms, underlining that the move would boost American economy, create jobs and attract and r...

Give Feedback