Restrictions to be eased in phased manner, SC refuses to lift curfew: Top developments on Jammu and Kashmir
Two days ahead of Independence Day, the Jammu and Kashmir administration said restrictions in the state will be eased in a phased manner before August 15. State officials have asserted that these restrictions will only be removed after an assessment by local authorities.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday said it is hopeful of further relaxations in the security clampdown after the dress rehearsal for the August 15 Independence Day celebrations conclude.
The administration has also said that detained political leaders like Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah will only be released after a full assessment of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is made.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, which was hearing a case on the removal of prohibitory orders in Jammu and Kashmir, also said that the situation should be allowed to return to normal on its own.
The security clampdown was imposed last week after the Union government revoked J&K's special status given under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated the state into two Union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Here are the top developments on Jammu and Kashmir:
- Prohibitory conditions were relaxed in various parts of Kashmir and the Jammu region was "almost entirely" free of restrictions.
- Asserting that restrictions in the Kashmir Valley were put in place to avoid loss of human lives, a government official said these impositions on people's movement and communications are being eased out in a phased manner.
- Principal Secretary in the J&K, Rohit Kansal said that the administration was hopeful of further relaxation in the security clampdown after the dress rehearsal for the August 15 Independence Day celebrations conclude in various districts.
- The Home Ministry said on Tuesday that "miscreants" resorted to unprovoked stone-pelting against security personnel at Srinagar outskirts on August 9, leading to "widespread unrest", but no bullet was fired against the protesters. The incident took place at Soura in Srinagar.
- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accepted J&K Governor's Satya Pal Malik challenge to visit Kashmir. The Governor's office later said Rahul Gandhi was spreading fake news about unrest in Kashmir.
- The Supreme Court refused to pass any immediate directions to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government on a plea seeking lifting of all restrictions imposed. The apex court said that it will wait for return of normalcy and take up the matter after two weeks.
- The Election Commission held informal discussions on the proposed delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir where assembly polls are to be held.
- The Supreme Court asked Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin on Tuesday to hand over to its registrar the memo for urgent listing of her plea which seeks removal of restrictions on the media in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the armed forces are prepared to deal with any security challenge along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
- US has clarified that American President Donald Trump's offer to mediate on Kashmir between India and Pakistan is now off the table.
- In her first reaction to the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said it was done in an unconstitutional manner.
- Seeking to woo businesses to Jammu and Kashmir, the state administration announced a three-day global investors summit to be held in Srinagar from October 12.
- Pakistan might redeploy troops from the Afghanistan border to the Kashmir frontier amidst fresh Indo-Pak tensions, according to Islamabad's ambassador to the US.
- Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that it will not be easy for Islamabad to get the support of the UN Security Council as well as from the Muslim world against India's decision.
- The Congress asked the government to convene an all-party meeting on the Kashmir issue.