Srinagar, October 28: The NIA raids on some individuals including on the house of a Journalists, media house, charity house and a human rights activist have invited sharp criticism from different quarters in Kashmir Valley.
Social media users are describing these raids as an attempt to ‘scare and harass’ those who don’t want to fall in line with Indian narrative on Kashmir.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter and tweeted that: “At a time when J&K’s land & resources are being plundered, GOI wants media publications to write op-eds about diabetes & yoga. In BJP’s ‘all is well’ charade, truth is the biggest casualty. Any journalist unwilling to become a part of Godi media is targeted.”
Mehbooba Mufti also wrote: “NIA raids on human rights activist Khurram Parvez & Greater Kashmir office in Srinagar is yet another example of GOIs vicious crackdown on freedom of expression & dissent. Sadly, NIA has become BJPs pet agency to intimidate & browbeat those who refuse to fall in line.”
Senior Journalist Anuradha Bhasin shortly after the NIA raids tweeted that: “NIA raids on GK office and HR defender Khurram Parvez’s house are attempts to impose silence even on our whispers (and they’re scared of even that). This comes a day after the disempowering land laws. Can this be just a coincidence?”