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Kashmir Highlights: If things go well, J&K doesn’t have to be a UT always, says PM Modi

Jammu and Kashmir Highlights: Governor Satya Pal Malik took stock of the law and order situation in the Valley ahead of Eid-ul-Azha celebrations in the coming week.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 8, 2019 10:35:42 pm
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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday said that Pakistan is ready to review its decision against India if New Delhi agreed to reconsider its actions on Kashmir. “Are they ready to review their decisions? If they do, we can also review our decisions. Review will be on both sides. That is what Simla (agreement) says,” Qureshi was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. 

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Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik took stock of the law and order situation in the Valley ahead of Eid-ul-Azha celebrations in the coming week and instructed officials to make arrangements for the return of outside students who wish to go home for Eid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation today on the government’s decision to revoke the provisions of Article 370 which gave special autonomous status to Jammu-Kashmir and called it a ‘historic decision’.

Earlier today, India expressed regret over Pakistan downgrading diplomatic relations and urged Islamabad to review its decision so that “normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.” After the Centre announced to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir bifurcate the state into two Union Territories, Pakistan on Wednesday asked New Delhi to withdraw its High Commissioner from Islamabad and said it would not be sending its High Commissioner-designate to India.

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21:04 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Advisors to Satya Pal Malik visited Rajouri and Poonch and held meetings with civil society
20:29 (IST)08 Aug 2019
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20:23 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Nearly 12 Kashmiri militants shifted to Haryana

Over a dozen Kashmiri militants lodged in different jails in Jammu and Kathua districts were on Thursday shifted to Haryana for security reasons. Official sources said that 12 of them were lodged in high security Kot Bhalwal jail, two in Kathua and one each in district jails at Ambphalla, Jammu and in Hiranagar. They have been shifted to Haryana’s district jail at Karnal. They, however, described their shifting as routine, saying that earlier Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yaseen Malik and Hurriyat leader Mussarat Alam were sent from Kot Bhalwal to Delhi’s Tihar jail following request from NIA who wanted them for investigation in cases registered against them.

20:16 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Samjhauta Express departs from Attari for Lahore

Samjhauta Express departs from Attari for Lahore; 103 passengers, including 10 Pakistanis, on board: Railways. (PTI)

20:10 (IST)08 Aug 2019
'Now the future of the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be secure'

"Children in Jammu and Kashmir were not provided with the benefits which rest of the country used to get. Even for cleanliness workers, they were deprived of their rights. Minimum Wages Act was not effective in Jammu and Kashmir, it was only on paper. Brothers and sisters belonging to SC-ST category would not get reservation in Jammu Kashmir, unlike rest of the country. Now the future of the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be secure," PM Modi addresses nation on scrapping of Article 370. Follow latest updates

20:07 (IST)08 Aug 2019
PM Modi addresses the nation on scrapping of Article 370

"Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh is the start of a new era. I want to congratulate every Indian for this historic decision as no one could earlier tell how Article 370 benefiting. Nearly 42,000 people were killed and now with the decision to scrap Article 370, it will change the present as well as the future of the people belonging to Jammu and Kashmir," PM Modi said in his address. Follow PM Modi's address LIVE UPDATES

19:45 (IST)08 Aug 2019
All educational institutions to re-open from August 9: Samba district administration

For any assistance, the employees can contact office of Deputy Commissioner Jammu and Regional Transport Office Jammu at 2571616, 2571912 and 2520542. All educational institutions including government and private schools shall re-open with effect from 9th of August 2019, to function as usual, as per the directive by Samba district administration.

19:32 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Govt employees asked to report back to their duties with immediate effect: J&K Chief Secretary

As per the directions issued by the Chief Secretary Jammu and Kashmir, all the government employees, who are working at divisional level, district level and those serving in civil secretariat Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, to report back to their duties with immediate effect. It is further intimated that necessary arrangements regarding smooth and secure working environment for the employees have been made by the administration.

19:24 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Kashmir on agenda of UNSC as ‘disputed territory’: Pakistan

Pakistan on Thursday said that Kashmir has been on the agenda of the UN Security Council as a “disputed territory” as it rejected India’s contention that Jammu and Kashmir is its internal matter. “Pakistan rejects the unilateral action by India to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said while addressing the weekly media briefing here. Faisal said Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to utilise all options after revocation of Article 370 by India. Read the full version here

19:04 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Sitaram Yechury pens a letter to J&K Guv, expresses hope to meet CPI(M) members in J&K

In a letter directed at J&K Governor, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury wrote, "CPI(M) has an active unit in Jammu & Kashmir and it had an MLA Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami in the dissolved J&K Assembly. As the General Secretary, I wish to visit him and other members of the party. I propose to reach Srinagar on 9th morning to meet them."

18:01 (IST)08 Aug 2019
People for whom Article 370 was implemented aren't aware of it: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel
17:37 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Army Chief Bipin Rawat briefed Rajnath Singh of latest developments in Jammu-Kashmir and Indo-Pak border
17:32 (IST)08 Aug 2019
US will continue to support 'direct' Indo-Pak talks on Kashmir and other issues: Official

The US will continue to support "direct dialogue" between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern, a State Department official has said while urging for calm and restraint along the LoC. The US is also "closely following" India's legislation regarding the new territorial status and governance of Jammu and Kashmir and its broader implications, the official said on Wednesday. (PTI)

17:22 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Pakistan airspace remains open for Indian flights: Civil Aviation Authority

Clearing its stand regarding airspace, Pakistan clarified that it has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed any route for the Indian flights. "There has been no change to the notice to airmen (NOTAM) and all flights are being operated as per schedule issued earlier," Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan spokesperson Mujtaba Baig told PTI. "Pakistan has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed or closed down any route for the Indian flights," he said. Responding to a question about re-routing of a few routes as reported by the media, he said: "Not a single route has been re-routed after the latest tension between the two countries."

17:04 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Ready to review decision against India, if New Delhi reconsiders actions on Kashmir: Pakistan foreign minister

Ready to review decision against India if New Delhi agrees to reconsider its actions on Kashmir, says Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. His remarks came a day after Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner as part of its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi's "unilateral and illegal" move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan also announced that it will review all "bilateral arrangements" with India. "Are they ready to review their decisions? If they do, we can also review our decisions. Review will be on both sides. That is what Simla (agreement) says," Qureshi said. (PTI)

16:56 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Time will tell if peace prevails in Jammu & Kashmir: Kamal Nath

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said only time will tell whether the Modi government's move of scrapping of Article 370 will establish peace and bring down terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. "Only time will tell how many employment opportunities are generated and whether acts of terrorism come down in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of Article 370...that is the biggest question before us," he said. "Talking about what will happen in a day or two after the removal of Article 370 is actually meaningless, Nath said, adding, "It remains to be seen whether peace prevails in Jammu and Kashmir and terror activities come down."

16:30 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Facilitate students' return to their homes for Eid: J-K Governor Satya Pal Malik

Jammu and Kashmir Governor on Thursday issued directions to officials to facilitate return of outside students to their states who wish to go to their homes for Eid. Governor has also sanctioned Rs 1 lakh each to designated liaison officers for organising Eid festivities for J&K students who are studying in other states and are unable to come to their homes on the occasion, Raj Bhawan spokesman said. (PTI)

16:06 (IST)08 Aug 2019
UAE urges citizens to postpone travel to Jammu and Kashmir

The UAE has advised its citizens to postpone travel to Jammu and Kashmir and asked those who are already there to follow the instructions of the local authorities, according to a media report. The Indian government imposed restrictions in the Valley before scrapping Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories-- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. 

15:25 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express service; ban on screening Indian movies in the country

After reports of Pakistan suspending train services, news reports from the neighbouring country now suggest that no Indian films will be allowed to screen in cinemas.Geo English quoted Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on I&B, saying: “No Indian movie to be screened in Pakistani cinemas.”

15:09 (IST)08 Aug 2019
Pakistan stops Samjhauta Express at Wagah, leaves passengers stranded

Indian crew members and guard escorted the Samjhauta Express from Wagah border to Attari after Pakistan authorities stopped the train on their side, sources said. They said that Pakistan had stopped the train at Wagah border claiming security concerns, and passengers were stranded briefly. "When we received the information from the Pakistani authorities at around 2:14 pm, we assured them that there are no security concerns and the train should come here. However, we also told them that if necessary an Indian crew and guard will escort the train to Attari," a senior railway official told news agency PTI.

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Pakistan on Wednesday announced it was downgrading diplomatic relations with India, and asked Delhi to withdraw its High Commissioner from Islamabad. Pakistan also said it would not be sending its High Commissioner-designate to India. Delhi chose not to respond Wednesday with sources indicating that it did not want to fall for what it considers a bait, and a desperate bid by Islamabad to internationalise the issue. India considers its move against Article 370 as an internal matter, and this has been conveyed to the global community.

Islamabad also announced suspension of bilateral trade with India, review of bilateral arrangements, approaching the United Nations, while declaring that it would observe August 14, its independence day, as a Black Day. Sources told The Indian Express that Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood called Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and conveyed the decision of the Pakistan government.

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