“Half a dozen medical colleges were sanctioned by UPA government and are functional now”
Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti maintained that ‘Normalcy Acrobatics’ are in full swing while reality is allegedly denied & obfuscated.
While referring to the ongoing visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti said that instead of providing sense of relief apparently to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, government of India has allegedly adopted oppressive measures.
“Prior to the visit of Home Minister, 700 civilians were detained, booked under PSA and many shifted to jails outside Kashmir,” she said and added that such oppressive steps further vitiate an already tense atmosphere.
Mehbooba Mufti asserted that Government of India could have invoked Confidence Building Measures by taking several steps, instead of detaining people. “CBMs such as lifting the siege that J&K has been put under since 2019, releasing prisoners, ending the harassment that people here face on a daily basis, taking tangible steps to revive the economy, especially horticulture would have provided a sense of relief,” she said and added that ‘Normalcy acrobatics’ are in full swing while reality is denied & obfuscated.
Taking dig at the inauguration of International flights by Home Minister in Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti states that HM inaugurating international flights from Srinagar and laying foundation of new medical colleges isn’t new.” Half a dozen medical colleges were sanctioned by UPA government and are functional now,” she said and added that Post Article 370 abrogation and an alleged engineered crisis, J&K has been thrown into chaos.
This crisis is of GOIs making and instead of reaching out, they opted for cosmetic steps that don’t address the actual problem. “Ideally HM’s visit should have been preceded by following up on PM’s assurances post the all party meeting,” she suggested.
Pertinent to mention that Union home minister arrived in Srinagar on a three-day visit to Jammu and kashmir to review security situation in the Union territory. Shah was received at the Srinagar airport by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha where other senior officials of the Jammu and Kashmir administration were also present, officials said.
This is Shah’s first visit to Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir state into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019.