'Don't need aircraft, need freedom to travel': Rahul Gandhi on Satya Pal Malik's invitation to visit J-K
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday responded to J&K governor Satya Pal Malik's invitation to visit the Valley and said that he doesn't need an aircraft to visit the state and asked him to ensure peace and freedome to travel.
"Dear Governor Malik, A delegation of opposition leaders and I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh. We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel and meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed over there," Rahul tweeted.
Earlier, Satya Pal Malik had offered to send Rahul Gandhi a plane to take him to the Kashmir Valley after the latter on Saturday said that there have been reports of violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
"I have invited Rahul Gandhi to come here. I will send you a plane, to observe (the situation) and then speak up. You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this," Malik said on Monday.
Malik also defended the government's decision of revoking Article 370 from the Valley and said that there have been no reports of 'communal violence' in the state.
"The scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A was for everyone. There is no communal angle (for scrapping it) in Leh, Kargil, Jammu, Rajouri-Poonch and not here either (Kashmir valley). There is no communal angle to it," Malik said.
"The foreign press has made an attempt and we have warned them. All hospitals are open for you and if even a single person has been hit by a bullet, prove it. But only four people were hit by pellets in legs when there was violence and there were no serious injuries to anyone," he added.
Replying to a question about allegations that Kashmir valley has been turned into a "concentration camp", the Governor said people don't know the meaning of a concentration camp.
"I know what it is. I have gone to jail 30 times. Even then, I will not term it as a concentration camp. They (Congress) imprisoned people for one-and-half-years during Emergency, but nobody termed them concentration camps. Is preventative arrest (equal to) a concentration camp?" he said.
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