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After annexing disputed Kashmir territory: India reiterates claim over Pakistan-administered Kashmir

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Last year, agencies had searched the rights group office in Bengaluru. Naidoo said Amnesty would survive in India because of the funding by local donors.

Jammu and Kashmir was put under prohibitory orders and an unprecedented communications blackout on August 5. Prohibitory orders are being lifted gradually but the communications blockade remains in some parts.

Speaking about the situation in the Valley, Naidoo called it "a horrific thing" to block communications. "There are life-and-death issues associated with doing that," he said. "Whether it is family members needing to communicate with each other, being able to go to the doctor's, this is something that governments need to stop doing."

Tellingly, Dr Farooq Abdullah, a three time chief minister, a former Union Minister, son of undisputed leader of Jammu and Kashmir and father of a former chief minister, leader of the biggest party of the state, who is 81 years old, with kidney transplant and old age issues, is declared a threat to public safety.

The biggest irony is that it is the Abdullahs and Muftis who were holding the flag of India in the valley even when there were massive anti Indian sentiments.

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