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Situation ‘very bad’ in Kashmir, says Azad as he reaches Jammu

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad arrives in Jammu, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad arrives in Jammu, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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“I was not even allowed by the administration to visit 10% of the places where I had planned to go in the Valley during my stay there,” Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday reached here on the second-leg of his six-day tour of Jammu and Kashmir and said the situation in the Valley is “very bad”.

Mr. Azad, the leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, had reached Srinagar on Friday on his maiden visit to the State after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.

His three earlier bids to reach Srinagar had failed as he had been turned back from the airport by the authorities.

When asked by reporters as to what was his assessment of the situation in Kashmir, he replied, “It is very bad.”

“I do not have to say anything to media right now. I spent four days in Kashmir and arrived here to spend two more days in Jammu. After the end of the six-day tour, I will say whatever I have to say,” he told reporters outside his residence in Jammu. On the subject of his assessment report of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to the Supreme Court, he said a decision on it would be taken after his return to Delhi.

“I was not even allowed by the administration to visit 10% of the places where I had planned to go in the Valley during my stay there,” he said.

On detention of political leaders and curbs on political activities, Azad said, “There is no mark of freedom of speech in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Mr. Azad’s visit became possible after the Supreme Court on September 16 allowed him to tour the State.

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