Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah discuss ways to protect Article 35A

Amid growing controversy over the attempts of the revocation of Article 35A, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah at his residence here today. “The CM discussed the current political situation in the state with the NC president,” NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said. Mattu said the significant part of the meeting was taken up discussing ways to protect Article 35A. “Farooq suggested that the CM should consult other parties with an aim to create a wider consensus amongst like-minded parties in this battle to…

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Mehbooba Mufti, Nirmal Singh not on same page over tackling Hurriyat leaders

Nirmal Singh not against banning Separatists Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh are not on the same page over dealing with separatist groups, including the Hurriyat Conference. The Chief Minister had recently stated that the state government would consider any request for security from separatist leaders if they approached it following a threat by former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Mussa. In contrast, the Deputy Chief Minister, who belongs to the BJP, is not against banning the Hurriyat Conference. “The Centre as well as the state will…

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