Aarey Trees Greater than Kashmiri Lives: Mehbooba

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Mehbooba-Mufti – File Pic

NEW DELHI –Hitting out at the Centre over the security clampdown in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti said trees in the Aarey Colony of Mumbai were greater than Kashmiri lives.

Following the Supreme Court’s direction to the Maharashtra government to halt tree felling in Aarey, Mehbooba Mufti, whose Twitter is presently handled by her daughter Iltija, stated that Aarey trees were greater than Kashmiri lives, according to a report by the India Today.

In another tweet from the handle of former Chief Minister said she was glad that activists were able to stop the felling of trees in Aarey and asked why not the same right to Kashmiris.

“One wonders why Kashmiris have been deprived of the very same right to free speech and expression. The government claims they are now at par with other Indians but truth is they’ve been stripped of even fundamental rights,” the tweet said.

Mehbooba Mufti’s Twitter account is managed by her daughter Iltija. Iltija had earlier she said received “due authorisation” to manage her mother’s Twitter account since her mother continues to be under house arrest in Srinagar.

Mehbooba Mufti’s tweets came after the Supreme Court restrained authorities from cutting anymore trees in Mumbai’s Aarey to set up a Metro car shed.

A special bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan said it will have to examine the matter and posted the matter for hearing on October 21 before its forest bench. The felling of trees has been opposed by green activists and local residents.


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