Kashmir news LIVE updates: Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday justified the action of 'preventive detention' against former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti, and Farooq and Omar Abdullah, saying that the more politicians spend time in jail, the more political dividends they are likely to accrue.
Kashmir news LATEST updates: Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday justified the action of "preventive detention" against former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti, and Farooq and Omar Abdullah, saying that the more politicians spend time in jail, the more political dividends they are likely to accrue.
"Don't you want that people should become leaders. I have gone to jail 30 times. Those who will go to jail, will become leaders. Let them be there. The more they spend time in the jail, the more they will claim during elections...that I have spent six months behind bars...
"So if you sympathise with them, do not be sad over detention. And they all are in their homes. I was jailed in Fatehgarh (Uttar Pradesh) during the Emergency where it used to take two days to reach. If someone is detained in any issue, if he is wise, he will take political benefit. I am wishing them well," the governor said.
Union minister Rajnath Singh, addressing the 26th Kisan-Jawan Vigyan Mela on Thursday, which reportedly has been attended by farmers, soldiers, and scientists, critcised Pakistan over its reaction to the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, which, India has maintained is an internal matter only.
"I do not know why Pakistan is reacting in such a way. It is like 'begani shadi mein abdullah deewana'. They should first look at terrorism blooming in their country. They should not cry about Kashmir and should look at the human rights violations in PoK," he said, referring to 'Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir', the area of the state that is in Pakistan's control.
Addressing an event organised for farmers and scientists in the newly-appointed Union Territory of Ladakh on Thursday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh referred to the Narendra Modi-led government's decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. The move, which was introduced as a bill in Parliament on 4 August and was passed subsequently, has been met by vehement objections from most Opposition leaders.
Defending the decision, Singh said, "Abrogating Article 370 was our commitment. It is not an arbitrary decision. We have not fooled the people of the country. This has been our commitment from our Jan Sangh days. And the people of Jammu and Kashmir, along with Ladakh are happy with this.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday visited Leh in Ladakh for the 26th Kisan-Jawan Vigyan Mela. Singh targetted Pakistan over its objection to the recent abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, which was decided by the Centre along with the bifurcation of the state into two Union Terrirtories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
The defence minister, who is on his first visit to the newly appointed Union Territory, said, "I want to ask Pakistan, when was Kashmir a part of Pakistan that they are crying over it so much? We respect Pakistan's identity as a nation, but it has no locus standi in this matter.
After getting a green signal from the Supreme Court, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday to meet his party colleague and former MLA Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami. Yechury said he will do "whatever needs to be done" on the basis of his visit.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Yechury to visit the state to meet Tarigami, who has been detained by the authorities there in the wake of the Centre abrogating provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which accorded a special status to the state.
Speaking to the media, Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik said, "Every Kashmiri life is valuable to us, we don't want loss of even a single life. There has been no civilian casualty. Only a few who got violent are injured, and their injuries are below the waist."
The government on Wednesday constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into the issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir, which has been bifurcated into Union Territories after abrogation of provisions under Article 370.
Delhi High Court has sought Centre's reply on a fresh application filed by founder of J&K People's Movement Party (JKPMS), Shah Faesal, seeking copy of Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against him. The court has asked the Centre to file reply by 1 September Court will hear the matter on 3 September.
After Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said, "Talks with Pakistan now only on PoK now. Kashmir is an integral part of India. We are not warmongers, we are peace loving citizens." Naidu said this during an address of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Naval Science and Technology Laboratory in Visakhapatnam.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed CPM leader Sitaram Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet party leader and former MLA, Yousuf Tarigami. Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said "We will permit you to go, you are the general secretary of a party. Don't go for anything else"
The apex court also said that Yechury's visit should only be to meet Tarigami as a friend, and not for any political purpose.
At least 14 petitions regarding the Kashmir issue are going to be heard by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, has begun hearing the first of the petitions challenging the Article 370.
Two of the petitions are habeas corpus petitions, while two others are petitions seek lifting of the curfew. The rest of them are challenging the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, and the bifurcation of the state.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asserted that his party had no two thoughts about India's long standing Kashmir policy, adding that there is violence in Valley because Pakistan sponsors and instigates it. Gandhi's comments came after several news outlets reported that Islamabad had quoted his comments criticising Modi government over deaths in Kashmir, in its letter to the United Nations.
High schools in the Kashmir Valley will reopen from Wednesday in areas where restrictions have been lifted, officials said on Tuesday. They also said shops and business establishments can open in areas where there are no restrictions.
Addressing a press conference, Jammu and Kashmir Director of Information and Public Relations Sehrish Asgar said, "The education department has decided to open all high schools in Kashmir Valley from tomorrow in the areas where relaxations have been provided."
She said restrictions on the movement of people have now been eased in 81 police station areas across the Valley. "The restrictions have been eased out in more police station areas, now taking the total number to 81. The curbs will be eased out in 10 more areas on Thursday," she said.
Asgar said landline telephone services will be restored in 15 more exchanges by Tuesday evening.
Briefing the reporters about the status of schools, Director Education Kashmir Younis Malik said 3,037 primary schools and 774 middle schools have re-opened across the valley. He said there has been significant improvement in the attendance of teachers in the schools in the past one week.
"We are making best efforts to increase student attendance in the schools," he said. Giving details about the situation, SSP Srinagar, Haseeb Mughal, said no major untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in the valley.
"We have not witnessed any major incidents today. Two minor incidents have been reported from Srinagar - one near Tatoo Ground and another in Hawal area. They have been dealt with and we are closely monitoring the situation," he said.
Many services including mobile and internet were suspended since August 5 when the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganised the state into two Union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
With inputs from agencies