#Article35A – People Speak

Repealing Article 35A will end J&K’s relationship with rest of the country: Shah Faesal Outspoken IAS officer Shah Faesal today said repealing of Article 35A of the Constitution would end Jammu and Kashmir’s relationship with the rest of the country. Faesal, a 2010-batch IAS exam topper, is currently pursuing a mid-career masters programme in the US. “I would compare Article 35A to a marriage-deed/nikahnama. You repeal it and the relationship is over. Nothing will remain to be discussed afterwards,” he said in a tweet. He said the accession of Jammu…

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Citing local bodies polls, J&K Govt seeking adjournment of Article 35A hearing

The state government on Friday said it would request the Supreme Court on Monday to adjourn the hearing on Article 35A, citing preparations for upcoming panchayat and urban local bodies (ULBs) elections as the reason. Government’s standing counsel in the apex court Shoeb Alam submitted before the court’s registry that he will be seeking adjournment of the case on Monday, when the case comes for hearing. “The undersigned will be seeking an adjournment on account of the ongoing preparations for the upcoming panchayat/municipal elections in the state of J&K. The…

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Outrage over Article 35A ‘Tinkering’, Soz, NC leaders raise concerns with Governor

The outrage over the efforts to tinker with Article 35-A is gripping the entire Valley, with people in Srinagar expressing their resentment by pasting posters against the move on their vehicles. The three-wheelers displaying these posters not only catch the attention of people but many videos of these three-wheelers have been uploaded on social media in Kashmir. Similar posters were also seen pasted on cars, taxis and other vehicles appealing people “to observe complete shutdown on 5th and 6th August against the move”. The posters read “observe complete strike on…

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Don’t know anything about PDP-BJP coming together again: Ram Madhav

Asked to comment on media reports suggesting PDP and BJP will form a coalition government in J&K again, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said he “did not know anything about all this”. “I can’t say anything. I do not think so,” Madhav told Kashmir Post. “I do not know anything about all this,” he added hurriedly. “Thank you nothing more,” he said. Madhav is one of the most well-known faces of saffron party and BJP’s point man for Jammu and Kashmir. It was Madhav who had announced that BJP…

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Kashmir’s political parties and separatists unite, threaten mass agitation ahead of Article 35A case hearing in SC

Tensions are simmering in the Kashmir Valley where civil society groups and people across the political spectrum are threatening to launch a mass agitation in the wake of the hearing on Article 35A of the Indian Constitution before the Supreme Court on 6 August, amid apprehensions that the law may be struck down. Article 35A, the Jammu and Kashmir State Subject Law which defines permanent residents of the state and prevents non-locals from buying or owning property in the state, has been challenged by an NGO, ‘We the Citizens’, and…

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JRL represents feelings of Kashmiris on legal challenge to Art 35A: Saifuddin Soz

Senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz today said the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) can represent the “intense feelings” of Kashmiris on the legal challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution that protects the special residency rights in Jammu and Kashmir. “I have convinced myself that the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) and the Civil Society (JKCSDS) can adequately represent the intense feelings of Kashmiris, who are as a class emotionally involved with this issue. It is my humble advice that this delicate matter should be left at that level,” he said in…

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Governor N N Vohra seeks deferment of Article 35A case

Sensing a growing unease in Kashmir about dangers of annulment of Article 35A of the constitution, Governor N N Vohra has requested New Delhi to have the hearing of a case about the provision in Supreme Court deferred until an elected government is in place in Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir Post has learnt. Amid intensifying resolve across the political spectrum in Kashmir for protection of Article 35A, Vohra has discussed the matter with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and conveyed to him that the case should not be heard during…

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BJP in a fix over taking action against Lal Singh for floating an apolitical outfit

The BJP is in a dilemma over taking a disciplinary action against party legislator and former Forest Minister Choudhary Lal Singh for floating an apolitical outfit ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. After floating the Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan on July 22, Lal Singh has intensified political activities to make inroads into BJP’s citadels by raking up pro-Dogra sentiments. Sources said the BJP top leadership had discussed Lal Singh’s ongoing “apolitical” campaign to restore dignity of the ethnic Dogra minority but the leaders were divided over taking any action at this…

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UN rights report on Kashmir raised in UK parliament

Lawmakers call on UK Govt to facilitate independent int’l inquiry into HR abuses in JK In a significant development, the United Nations human rights report on Kashmir, released last month, was raised in the House of Lords by British peers who called on the UK government to take steps to help implement the recommendations. Lord Qurban Hussain, whose origins are in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), raised the issue in the Upper House of Parliament yesterday, calling for the UK government to facilitate an independent international inquiry into rights abuses in…

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Cloudburst triggers flash floods in Shopian, Flashflood hits Dachigam, man drowns

Cloudburst caused flash floods in Sedow and Hirpora villages of Shopian on Tuesday damaging at least two residential houses, devastating a few apple orchards while several domestic animals perished, officials and witnesses said. At least six animals were washed away by the fast currents as the flash flood struck the areas, a district official said, adding two residential houses also suffered partial damage in Dachoo village. District Development Commissioner, Owais Ahmad said a team of officials had been sent to both the areas to take stock of the situation. One…

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