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Mehbooba Mufti likely to meet PM Modi over Article 35A

13 August 2017, 01:13 | Franklin Nunez

Centre must tread warily on Kashmir

Centre must tread warily on Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday amid reports that she was seeking help against attempts to alter Constitutional provisions that give special status to the state. It was added through the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954, issued under Article 370 in 1954. "That's the only part of this meeting that matters at all".

They also lashed out at the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, saying that she used to visit the bereaved families of martyrs, especially in south Kashmir, and shed tears, but after assuming power she had become the most brutal and had defeated all previous records of oppression and tyranny in the occupied territory.

In Jammu region's Chenab Valley, the bandh call was issued by Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Markazi Seerat Committee Doda, Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri and Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar against the "dilution of J&K's special status". Since this is the basis of the agenda, no one can go against it. "Can @PMOIndia explain "assurances" pls?", he tweeted.

In a statement in Srinagar, Chairman Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq warned that the people of occupied Kashmir will hit the streets if Article 35A was abrogated.

The Congress too came out in support of Mehbooba's initiative with former union minister and senior poarty leader Saifuddin Soz asserting the same line as Mehbooba and Omar - of drawing a consensus on the legality of Article 35A and not repealing it.

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Article 35A empowers the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature to define "permanent residents" of the State and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.

The J&K unit of BJP has demanded Centre to side with the petitioners seeking the abrogation of the two articles.

"The chief minister should be ashamed that the Supreme Court ridiculed the quality of the response filed by the state government in another case pertaining to the issue of minority rights and status within the state", the NC spokesperson added.

The Jammu and Kashmir government had then informed the EC that the by-poll needed to be postponed since the security agencies wanted to resume the counter-militancy operations.

Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi addressing a gathering in Budgam said that hectic efforts were on to do away with the special status of Kashmir by challenging Article 35A in the Indian Supreme Court.

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