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'If People From Outside India Have Right to Visit J&K, Why Not Us?' Asks Kapil Sibal

Sibal also sought to know from Home Minister Amit Shah as to what was the emergency on August 4, 2019, that internet service suspended was from August 5 "without any reason".

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Updated:January 10, 2020, 9:37 PM IST
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'If People From Outside India Have Right to Visit J&K, Why Not Us?' Asks Kapil Sibal
File photo of Kapil Sibal.

New Delhi: A day after envoys from 15 countries arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on a two-day visit, Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why people from outside India "have the right to visit" the region and not the country's politicians.

Sibal welcomed the Supreme Court order on Internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it will restore free flow of information from the region and termed as "path-breaking" its observation that prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 cannot be used indefinitely to suppress freedom of speech and expression and difference of opinion.

"I want to ask the prime minister that why do you have so much affection with foreigners and why not with the people of India. At least, you should be more transparent and open with the people of India," Sibal said.

"Why don't you allow us to visit Jammu and Kashmir? Why you do not have faith in us or the people of India? If people from outside India have the right to visit Jammu and Kashmir, why not us? Do you consider us as perpetrators of violence?" he asked.

Sibal also sought to know from Home Minister Amit Shah as to what was the emergency on August 4, 2019, that internet service suspended was from August 5 "without any reason".

In a significant judgment with implications on basic freedoms beyond Kashmir, the Supreme Court on Friday said internet access is a fundamental right under Article 19 of the Constitution and asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to review within a week all curbs in the union territory.

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