Federal ministers have criticised the right-wing authorities of Narendra Modi for denying permission to 5 international journalists based mostly in India from travelling to Pakistan’s Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and masking a session of the native legislative meeting.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi criticised New Delhi for refusing permission to the 5 journalists and highlighted how India’s choice was reflective of their authorities’s ‘dictatorial regime’.
This was a ‘damning indication’ of how unbiased journalism was “shrinking” below the Modi authorities, the FM stated in a tweet on his official deal with.
The denial of permission by India to five worldwide journalists to travel to Pakistan, through which a go to to the Azad Kashmir Assembly was scheduled, is one other damning indication of shrinking area without cost speech and unbiased journalism below a dictatorial regime.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) August 4, 2021
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry additionally condemned New Delhi’s actions, including that he wished journalists to go to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and report ‘details’.
The journalists had been “supposed to attend 5th August session of Azad Kashmir Assembly”, he wrote on Twitter.
“So much for freedom of expression”, Chaudhry added.
India has refused to permit 5 international journalists permission to go to Pak, they had been imagined to attend fifth August session of Azad Kashmir Assembly, a lot of #FreedomofExpression we wish India to permit unbiased Journalists to go to IOK and allow them to report details
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 4, 2021
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar quickly quote tweeted Chaudhry’s tweet, including that India wished to ‘disguise’ the realities of IIOJK by barring the journalists.
“We want the world to see what is happening in Azad Kashmir and they want to hide what is happening in Indian occupied Kashmir,” he stated.
Umar added that the distinction between ‘proper and incorrect’ was evident by the international locations’ actions.
The distinction is easy @fawadchaudhry. We need the world to see what is going on in azad kashmir they usually need to disguise what is going on in indian occupied kashmir. The distinction between proper and incorrect can not get extra stark than this. https://t.co/iJP0XvE4d7
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) August 4, 2021
National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf commented on the scenario by way of Twitter, stating that these had been the ‘actions of an insecure authorities’.
These are actions of an insecure authorities that has a lot to cover and doesn’t need the world to see the truth of AJK and distinction it to the open jail that exists in IIOJK below Indian occupation. https://t.co/gmwvLCyt1D
— Moeed W. Yusuf (@YusufMoeed) August 4, 2021
The Indian authorities has ‘a lot to cover’ from the world, he stated.
Yusuf maintained that India is making an attempt to cover the truth of AJK in order that it’s not in comparison with ‘the open jail’ that exists in Kashmir below Indian occupation.
Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari questioned if the journalists would report on the federal government’s refusal to allow them to go to AJK and ‘expose the rising fantasy of Indian democracy below [the] fascist Modi’.
Why did we anticipate in any other case from the fascist Modi regime? Question is whether or not these international journos will now report on this refusal and expose the rising fantasy of Indian democracy below fascist Modi? https://t.co/EfuYYbnTZD
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 4, 2021