ISLAMABAD: The Indian Supreme Court has asked the government to review its actions in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir within seven days as they were unjustifiable.
Pronouncing its verdict on Friday on pleas filed against restrictions in the territory, the court termed Indian government’s restrictive orders in the occupied territory as abuse of power.
The top court ordered for immediate restoration of internet for essential services like health and education and said that right to internet access was a fundamental right under the Constitution and its suspension was unconstitutional.
The court also asked the government to publish all orders on internet suspension and travel restrictions to enable legal challenges.
Indian journalist Barkha Dutt has asked the apex court to issue a stricter verdict to get the internet blockade lifted.
Earlier this week, former Indian home minister and veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram had said that India had lost Kashmir.
In an interview with local media in New Delhi, he had said, “We have practically lost Kashmir as no democratic country can keep an entire population under siege.”
He had said that by carrying out fundamental changes in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has committed ‘constitutional desecration’.
Chidambaram had said the Indian government’s claims about the calm in the Kashmir Valley was nothing but a ‘deceptive calm’.
He had suggested that the first step to resolving the Kashmir issue was to engage the people there in a dialogue and an engagement in a bilateral dialogue with Pakistan.