As Home Minister Amit Shah proposed revocation of Article 370 in the Rajya Sabha, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti expressed her disappointment by expressing it on Twitter. Even as internet services were suspended in the valley, Mufti managed to tweet and said that it is the darkest day of democracy. She said that the decision of Jammu and Kashmir leadership to reject two-nation theory in 1947 and align with India has backfired. She also went on to say that this decision will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent. She accused that this move will terrorise the people of Kashmir. The PDP chief declared that Government of India has failed in keeping its promises to the people of Kashmir. Mufti went on to ask if putting Jammu and Kashmir leaders on house arrest is what Kashmir acceded for.
In what is being dubbed as the most important decision by the Narendra Modi led Central government, Home Minister Amit Shah proposed revocation of Article 370 in the upper house of the Parliament amid massive ruckus by the Opposition, however, he said that he will respond on all matters related to Kashmir. PDP chief Mufti in a series of tweet also claimed: "They want to change demography of the only Muslim majority state in India , disempower Muslims to the extent where they become second class citizens in their own state."
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Developments on Kashmir so far
- All party- meet called by Farooq Abdullah,Mehbooba Mufti : On Sunday, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, NC chief Farooq Abdullah called for a all party meeting and urged India and Pakistan to not escalate tension for the sake of Kashmir.
- The meeting was held at NC chief Farooq Abdullah's residence and was attended by NC leader Omar Abdullah, political rivals PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, J&K People's Conference president Sajad Lone and others to discuss the situation in the state. Following the meeting, Abdullah said, "It was unanimously resolved that all the parties would be united in their resolve to protect and defend identity, anonymity and the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh against all attack and onslaught whatsoever." Read full press brief statement here
- Home Minister Amit Shah, NSA Ajit Doval high-level meet: Earlier on Sunday, Home Minister Amit Shah held high-level meet with Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and with other top security officials.
- As per reports, the Home Minister is also likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir for a couple of days after the conclusion of the Parliament session on August 7. Amit Shah's visit may come before the Independence Day on August 15, amid the prevailing security tensions in the Valley in the aftermath of the curtailment of the Amarnath Yatra by the state government.
- Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Mallik called for an emergency meeting of DG, Chief secretary and IG late night on Sunday.
- Shutdown on Schools, universities were announced.
- Plans of Attack on Amarnath Yatris by Pakistan: In a joint press brief by Chinar Corps Commander Lt General KJS Dhillon and J&K DGP Dilbag Singh in Srinagar they revealed that they had intelligence inputs that there were attempts of attacks on Amarnath Yatra by Pakistan and that they had recovered IEDs and US made Sniper rifle in the route of the Amarnath Yatra.
- Government issues advisory for Amarnnath Yatris: JK administration issues advisory to tourists and yatris and asks them to cut short their visit in view of 'safety and security of the yatris' and leave state of Jammu & Kashmir in view of terror threats after army's press conference. Here is the advisory
- Centre deployed 38,000 troops in the paramilitary troops in the Kashmir valley. Sources said that it was placed in order to strengthen counter-insurgency operations and law and order in the state.
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