In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations have condemned the authorities for banning the transmission of 30 channels operating through cable.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the ban on the channels as fascist approach and said that the real purpose behind the action was to promote saffron dogma and pave way for Hindu Rashtra. He said that such tactics of oppression reflected the authoritarian mindset, adding that it was highly deplorable that even channels specified for religious preaching and teachings were removed from air. The APHC Chairman castigating the Indian authorities for strangulating genuine voices said that they wanted to isolate the Kashmiri population did not want the reality of Kashmir to be highlighted internationally.
They do not want people of Kashmir to have access to information other than what New Delhi filters into Kashmir through state sponsored and biased channels, he added.—KMS