With the political grey zone carefully created by the PDP disappearing and support for the party dwindling, its leadership is “looking at ways to keep the alliance afloat” and “stay in power” because other options appear to be running out.
Sharp words in the J&K House by CM Mehbooba Mufti underscore tensions between the PDP, BJP over special status for state. Article 370 and other aspects of special status have been challenged in 6 important cases in SC and Delhi HC.
The conference has triggered unease in the Valley with the BJP’s alliance partner PDP saying they were not aware of “any such activity” and the separatists describing it as a “campaign to fragment our society”.
The tribunal also blamed the “draconian architecture of anti-terror legislation” for “false implication of scores of youth on charges of terrorism” because the laws grant “excessive powers to the investigating agencies”.
The report of the Tribunal points out that “the depositions (of the falsely implicated people) explicitly make clear all that is wrong with the criminal justice system when it comes to dealing with cases of terrorism”.
In 2006, Khurram received the Reebok Human Rights Award, a prestigious international prize that "recognizes young activists who have made significant contributions to human rights causes through nonviolent means”.
And with the 51-day curfew, the longest such spell in the Valley, coming to an end on Monday — except in Pulwama town and a few areas of Srinagar — the PDP hopes that Eid on September 13 will mark a thaw.
Once, she was the face of PDP’as ‘healing touch’, combining a politics of compassion with strident dissent of New Delhi. 50 people are dead and houses across Kashmir are mourning. Mehbooba would have wanted to be in the Opposition today. But she is the Chief Minister.
Once the police station of Damhal Hanjipora, or DH Pora, this is now a grim reminder of the rage that erupted over the last two weeks in Kashmir, following the killing of militant Burhan Wani on July 8.
In the district hospital at Anantnag town, where curfew has been in place for a week, are glimpses of what happened since last Friday, when protests erupted in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
In a clear indication that no one in the security establishment is taking any chances given the volatility on the street, a senior official said that security has been strengthened at Dara Shikoh park, where PDP patriarch Mufti Mohammad Sayeed lies buried.