Mehbooba Mufti, Sajad Lone, Shah Faesal caution Centre against tinkering with J&K’s special status

Amid the growing grip in Kashmir in the wake of build-up of security forces, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti late on Friday night led a delegation of political leaders from different parties to Governor Satya Pal Malik, urging him that New Delhi shouldn’t tinker with unique identity of Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. In a dramatic turn of events, Mehbooba, late Friday night, addressed media, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to tinker with the State’s special status. “The Prime Minister must ensure that the…

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What did PM tell you? Sajad, Faisal question NC’s meeting with PM

People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone and Peoples’ Movement president Shah Faesal have questioned NC leaders’ meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday ignoring the demand for an all-party meeting with the PM. NC leaders Farooq Abdullah, Hasnain Masoodi and Omar Abdullah met the Prime Minister in view of the “panic and anxiety” in Kashmir following rumours about abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution. “What on earth happened to the supposed collective action? Is it a rush for brownie points or a mercy petition for economic crimes? The innocent…

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NC, PDP of creating hysteria in the valley, any decision on Art 35A will be for JK’s betterment: Ram Madhav

Any decision taken by the Central government or court on Article 35A would be for the betterment of Jammu and Kashmir and “the issue was currently raked up with selfish motives,” BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said in Srinagar on Wednesday. The National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) “were creating hysteria in Kashmir at a time when the stage is set for Assembly polls,” he said. “She [PDP president Mehbooba Mufti] is using such language like ‘barood seay kehlan [playing with explosives] was to keep herself…

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Heavy rains hit normal life across Jammu, Srinagar

Heavy rains on Wednesday brought normal life to a grinding halt across the Jammu region where an eight-year-old boy was killed and a teenaged girl injured in separate incidents of house collapse. The traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only surface link with the Kashmir valley, remained disrupted for the day due to multiple landslides in Udhampur and Ramban districts, while the authorities closed all government schools in Udhampur and Reasi districts on Wednesday in view of bad weather. Incent rains were experienced across Srinagar city resulting in water logging…

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Everything normal, ‘No Order Valid’, Guv Satya Pal Malik rejects rumours over special status

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today said people should not pay heed to rumours of any major decision on the special status of the state as “everything is normal”. “A lot of rumours are spread here. Do not pay any heed to them. Everything is fine, everything is normal,” Governor Malik said when asked about the several orders appearing on social media about the possibility of a prolonged law and order situation in Kashmir valley. The Governor said the orders that appeared the social media in recent days…

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GOI might make 35A move by Aug 15, Mainstream leaders call for all-party meet

PDP chief has requested her rival NC to call an all-party meet Mehbooba Mufti appealed the J&K parties to come together and present a united front The development comes in the backdrops of rumours of Centre planning to scrap Article 35A Modi 2.0 is likely to brace its toughest decision yet, that is the abrogation of Article 35A. India Today TV learnt from reliable sources that the big announcement could be made before August 15 i.e. on Independence Day. Sources said that security forces have worked out an elaborate plan…

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We are Hindustani, but Article 35A and 370 are important to us: Farooq Abdullah

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah on Monday warned the Centre against any move to abrogate Articles 35A and 370 that accord special status to the state and its people. “Article 35A & Article 370 should not be removed. It forms our foundation. There is no need to remove it. We are Hindustani but they (Article 35A & Article 370) are important for us,” the former CM and National Conference leader said in New Delhi. This comes days after another former CM Mehbooba Mufti warned that any…

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With rumours rife and fear griping the Valley, Omar questions govt’s silence, Mufti warns of bloodbath

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Sunday questioned the state government’s silence as rumours and orders are keeping the Kashmir valley on the edge. He said the official orders were “forecasting of deterioration in the law and order environment.” “It’s easy to blame Valley residents for fear-mongering but what are we to make of such official orders which forecast a deterioration in the law and order environment and even predict disturbances lasting for an extended period of time?” he wrote on Twitter. Omar was responding to the latest order issued…

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‘Spoke in fit of anger’, Satya Pal Malik clarifies his ‘Kill’ statement

Clarifying his Sunday’s statement ‘kill those who robbed your state,’ Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said he should not have made such a comment. “Whatever I said was in a fit of anger and frustration due to rampant corruption here. As Governor, I should have not made such a comment, but my personal feeling is the same as I said. Many political leaders and big bureaucrats are steeped in corruption here,” Malik told new agency ANI on Monday . Malik stirred a controversy on Sunday with…

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Until Kashmir issue is resolved, no power on earth can touch Article 370: Farooq Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) president Farooq Abdullah on Saturday stressed that revoking Article 370 and Article 35-A will be equivalent to a constitutional coup. He went on to add that Article 370 is essential, unassailable and will remain in effect despite the “uneducated rants” of certain people. While speaking at a party convention in Handwara area of Kupwara district, the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said, “Keeping in view the special circumstances (at the time of the accession of J&K to India), Article 370 was added to…

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