‘Choose between right to protest and staying safe’

Tribune News Service

Jammu, September 8

Against the backdrop of communications blackout and restrictions in Kashmir Valley after Article 370 abrogation, a senior bureaucrat of the Jammu and Kashmir administration has asked the people of Kashmir to carefully choose between the Internet facility and better law and order situation in the region.

The officer also asked the people in Kashmir will have to choose between right to protest and right to stay safe.

In a series of tweets following the emerging situation after the Centre revoked the state’s special status, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner Secretary Information, Forest and Environment, wrote on micro-blogging networking site Twitter, “Internet facility or peace & controlled law n order? Right to protest or right to stay safe? Calibrated relaxation of restrictions or unbridled rumours false propaganda inciting young minds? At this junction, we have to choose carefully. Every life counts!”

The senior officer was quite critical over the reports published or shown by the international media on the Kashmir situation.

“I expect international media to do stories on how #Amarnathyatra and #Hajj pilgrimage every year go hand in hand in #Kashmir. It’s amazing to see how Hindus and Muslims come together for this every year since ages!” he tweeted.

In another tweet, “I expect international media to do stories on #Sufism #kashmiriyat #shrines #ziarats #secularism nurtured in hearts of millions of residents of #JammuAndKashmir. Abrogation of temporary provision of Art370 is a great new start to revive and bring back glory to it its people”.

He wrote, “I expect international media to do stories on #Kashmiri officers like @hussain_imtiyaz who can see through the false propaganda by #Pakistan and who are working round the clock to guide youths of Kashmir misled by such false narratives. Is it expecting too much?”

“I expect international media to do stories on what lakhs of people living in the Ladakh and Jammu region have to say on the abrogation of temporary provisions of Art 370 from #JammuAndKashmir Am I expecting too much?” Dwivedi wrote.

“Post abrogation of temporary provision of Article 370, I am expecting International media to do stories on recent killing of three Kashmiri Muslims in Tral & Srinagar by terrorists and similarly a story on one killing by stone-pelters in Anantnag. Is it expecting too much?” the senior officer tweeted.

He further tweeted, “I expect international media to do stories on lakhs of Gujjar & Bakkarwals like @alam_mujaid living in #JammuAndKashmir who will now get adequate representation in policy making for the first time after the abrogation of temporary provisions of Art 370. Am I expecting too much?”

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