Jammuites should decide about the Article 35A: Devinder Rana

National Conference trying to create fear psychosis: BJP Provincial President of National Conference, Jammu, Devinder Singh Rana Saturday said that people of Jammu should be given a chance to decided whether to abrogate Article 35-A or not. Addressing a presser in Jammu he said: “Jammu Dogras would be main sufferers if Article 35-A is abrogated. The people of Jammu should be given a chance to hold a referendum so that they can decide whether to abrogate Article 35-A or not.” He said talks about the abrogation of the Article is…

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Chenab Valley Shuts against ‘Efforts’ to abrogate Article 35A

A complete shutdown is being observed in Chenab Valley to protest against a plea in the Supreme Court seeking abrogation of Article 35-A of the constitution. Joint Resistance Leadership has called for Kashmir Bandh to protest the “efforts” to abrogate Article 35-A which confers special rights on residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Markazi Seerat Committee Doda, Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri and Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar have also issued a bandh call, resulting in a complete shutdown in Chenab Valley by Muslim community. Shops, other business establishments and…

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Pakistan & Joint Resistance Leadership is ready to talk, but is India ready? Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

‘This generation is fed up with subjugation, suppression and status-quo. Sadly, that is why some youngsters are taking to guns’ In a freewheeling interview Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq quotes that both Pakistan and joint resistance leadership is ready to talk, but the question is, is India ready? The current situation in Kashmir, especially after Burhan Wani’s killing, has turned world attention back on Kashmir. Isn’t it right time to materialize that attention into a dialogue? Resistance leadership has always been advocating a speedy resolution of the Kashmir dispute,…

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Center drops special road package for J&K

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has dropped the special package for building road infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir. According to 252nd report of Rajya Sabha’s Department-related parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture which was tabled in the Parliament on Thursday, Chairman of the committee Mukul Roy during a meeting with the officials of Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways expressed serious concern over the ministry’s decision ‘to drop the special package for Jammu and Kashmir’. Roy was referring to the decision to scrap Prime Minister’s…

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Right-wing ‘Footprints’ behind the Article 35A petition

The men behind the little-known non-governmental organisation ‘We the Citizens’ which has challenged Article 35-A in the Supreme Court are associated with right-wing groups and the person who filed it died in 2016. The petition, which has triggered a political storm in J&K, had been filed by the NGO through its president Sandeep Kulkarni in 2014. Kulkarni, who is no more, was associated with rightwing groups and had even served notice to Congress for maligning Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). “I know him (Kulkarni) since 2006. He was living in Hindu…

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Civil Society to send a memorandum to UN Chief, OIC

Amid growing clamour against proposed abrogation of Article 35-A, Kashmir’s civil society members on Friday passed a resolution to oppose the move tooth and nail. They decided to send a memorandum to UN secretary-general, all permanent members of UNSC and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member countries. The civil society members have also decided to hold a silent sit-in protest at Lal Chowk in next few days. Addressing a roundtable conference on Article-35-A here, senior lawyer Zaffar Shah said the writ petition against Article 35-A filed by NGO “We the Citizens”…

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Kashmir needs peace process not unnecessary controversies: APSCC

All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) chairman Jagmohan Raina who met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh apprised him about the the volatile situation that has risen due to controversy of Article 35 A in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in Kashmir valley. In a press statement issued to Kashmir Post Raina said: “Home Minister should take political opinion from all the stakeholders of Kashmir before deciding anything.” He said Kashmir needs peace process not unnecessary controversies. #Article35A, #Shutdown, #Controversies

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PM Modi assured ‘No Fiddling’ with J&K special status: Mehbooba Mufti

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given “100 percent assurance” that he would back the PDP-BJP government’s ‘Agenda of Alliance’ which says there will be “no fiddling” with Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday. Mehbooba met the Prime Minister amid reports that she was seeking help against attempts to alter constitutional provisions that give special status to the state. Emerging from the 15-minute meeting, Mehbooba said the basis of the Agenda of Alliance between the PDP and the BJP is that there should be no…

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq threatens agitation if Article 35A abrogated

Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today warned that people will hit the streets if the state’s special status is harmed by abrogating Article 35A. In a statement, the separatist leader said after allowing the imposition of the GST in the state, “hectic efforts are underway by the BJP and the RSS to altogether do away with the special status of J&K by challenging Article 35A in the Supreme Court.” “As this Article bars non-state subjects to settle and buy property in J&K, it is being challenged in a court with…

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Jammu to host J&K’s BJP core group meet today

Amid raging debate over Article 35-A that guarantees special rights to J&K’s permanent residents, the BJP high-command has rushed the party’s national vice-president and in-charge J&K affairs Avinash Rai Khanna to Jammu for “taking the state unit on board” regarding the party’s stand over the sensitive issue. Khanna, a source said, has been deputed to “make the state unit aware about the party’s stand over Article 35-A. He would reach the state’s winter capital on Saturday to hold a meeting with the BJP core group, a party insider said. The…

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