THE J&K government Sunday banned the publication of Srinagar-based English daily Kashmir Reader, calling it a threat to the “public tranquility”. In his order, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone said, “I District Magistrate Srinagar do hereby direct the printer, publisher and owner of daily Kashmir Reader to abstain from printing and publishing of the newspaper till further orders so that disturbance of public tranquility is prevented.”
Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar said: “He must have acted on some complaint against the newspaper.”
The Deputy Commissioner in his order invoked Section 144 of CrPC, Section 3 of Newspapers Incitement of Offences Act 1971 and Section 10 Press and Publication Act of 1989. “It has been observed that the contents published in the above newspaper is of such nature that can easily cause incitement of acts of violence and disturbance of public tranquility in the state and Srinagar district in particular,” he said in his two-page order.
Hilal Ahmad Mir, editor of Kashmir Reader, said: “We received this order and we have not been verbally told anything. They have said we are a threat to peace. We are unable to understand, how we could be a threat to peace.”