A 28-member European parliamentary panel will visit Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A
Bengaluru: A European parliamentary panel is all set to visit Kashmir on October 29 in the wake of the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A.
The delegation, comprising 28 members met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national security advisor Ajit Doval in this regard. Both the PM and the NSA briefed the delegation on the issue.
As the news spread, ltija Mufti, from the Twitter handle of her mother and former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, said, "Hope they get a chance to speak to the people, local media, doctors and civil society members. The iron curtain between Kashmir and the world needs to be lifted and the government must be held accountable for pushing J&K into turmoil."
Rejecting reports of clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir, a group of intellectuals and academicians in their report on the state said things were normal in the three regions of the state but suggested confidence-building measures to ensure equitable development of all regions and people.
Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, after meeting with the group said the decision to remove Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution from Jammu and Kashmir in August this year was a historic decision.
He said that opposite to the common perception, the state was most exploited under the pretext of Article 370.
It was on August 5 that Narendra Modi took this decision to rescind the two Articles 370 and 35A that granted special status to the erstwhile state. The resolution to abrogate the bill was passed in both houses of the Indian Parliament.
Jammu and Kashmir, along Ladakh was made into two union territories.
The BJP had mentioned in its manifesto that it would invalidate the two Articles which ensured J&K could not be completely integrated with India.
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Last Updated 29, Oct 2019, 10:57 AM