Ban on TV, social media in IHK shows India has lost control over Kashmir, APHC

Islamabad: The All Parties Hurriyet Conference resistance leadership has strongly condemned the Indian government ban on the airing of 34 Pakistani and Saudi TV channels in held Kashmir, terming the move a choking of the freedom of expression and a sign that New Delhi had lost control over the Kashmiri people.
The state government in India-held Kashmir had earlier this week initiated action against different TV channels airing news, entertainment, food and cuisine, religion and sports programmes fearing that the content in these channels may ‘incite violence’ and ‘disrupt the law and order’ situation in the disputed region.
The APHC, in a statement issued in Srinagar said: “It is quite strange to ban those channels which are specific to Quran and religious programmes. It is equivalent to a direct interference in religious matters and a step towards the creation of a Hindu Rashtr.”
“These steps reflect their future course of targeting the Muslim community and Islam. Its repercussions may perhaps be severe if the decision is not revoked by authorities,” the statement said.
The restrictions on social media and TV channels in Kashmir have been imposed at the behest of the communal forces of India.

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