Srinagar, July 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has castigated the authorities for banning the transmission of 30 channels operating through cable.

The spokesman of Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that dictation to cable operators to stop airing channels was nothing but a move to block information and keep people of Kashmir away from the day-to-day happenings across the globe.

He said, “It is surprising to see that even religious and sports channels have been banned and one would ask as to how such channels can pose a threat to peace in Kashmir.” He said that in the present times of globalization and the age of technology and social media, such gags and bans to block information were bound to fail and only reflected the myopic and dictatorial approach of the occupation authorities.

The spokesman also expressed serious concern and resentment over the thrashing of dozens of villagers and vandalizing of property in Mochuwara area of Shopian district by the Indian troops during nocturnal raid. He termed the action as the worst form of state terrorism. He said that beating people, vandalising properties and torturing youth by the Indian forces’ personnel had become a routine matter in occupied territory especially in South Kashmir.

The spokesman strongly denounced the brutal action of Indian forces’ personnel in Newa area of Pulwama, where dozens of youth were showered with lethal pellets leaving many of them seriously injured.


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