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Jammu and Kashmir News highlights: Reorganisation Bill gets Parliament nod

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Highlights: With special provisions gone, Indian laws will now apply to the newly created Union Territories.

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Jammu and Kashmir News Highlights: In Jammu and Kashmir, mobile communication and Internet services are still suspended.

Jammu and Kashmir News Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the “momentous decision” in the Lok Sabha which passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill. The bill seeks to divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The Parliament also passed the resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution.

Taking to Twitter, Modi said “for years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles.” Follow Parliament updates here

The Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 seeks to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Delhi or Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh. It was passed with a two-thirds majority in Rajya Sabha.

Moving the resolution in the Lok Sabha today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “Kashmir is an integral part of India, there is no doubt over it. We can die for it.” Meanwhile, the Opposition also questioned the absence of Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah — who were arrested on Monday night. In Jammu and Kashmir, mobile communication and Internet services remain suspended. In an interview to NDTV, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah said the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir was like “your body was being carved.”

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Jammu and Kashmir HIGHLIGHTS: Parliament approved a resolution revoking special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.

Watch: Former deputy CM removes J&K flag from his vehicle

Former deputy CM Nirmal Singh removed the flag of Jammu and Kashmir from his vehicle on Tuesday after the Lok Sabha passed the resolution revoking portions of Article 370.

DMK calls all-party meeting on Saturday

DMK President MK Stalin has called for an all-party meeting on Saturday, August 10 to discuss the next course of action regarding the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019 passed in Parliament, today.

CWC meeting underway as Congress split on J&K bifurcation

A Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is underway at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi and is likely to discuss the Kashmir issue, party sources said.  The meeting comes in the wake of the government's decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Congress appears divided on the issue, with party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora among others supporting the government even as the party opposed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill in both houses of Parliament. 

Confident that now people from Ladakh, J&K will participate in India's development: Amit Shah

J&K now free from shackles of those with vested interests, new dawn awaits: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the "momentous decision" in the Lok Sabha which passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisaton Bill. Taking to Twitter, Modi said he salutes "my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience," adding that "for years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles. A new dawn, better tomorrow awaits!"

"The passage of key Bills pertaining to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are a fitting tribute to the great Sardar Patel, who worked for India’s unity, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, whose views are well known and Dr. SP Mookerjee who devoted his life for India’s unity and integrity," he said.

Was waiting to see this day in my lifetime: Sushma Swaraj congratulates Modi on Article 370

Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hailed the government's decision to revoke certain provisions of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. "Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime," she tweeted.

Bill to divide J&K into two Union Territories passed in Lok Sabha

A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah diluted the special status to Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution without scrapping the provision, the Lok Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill which seeks to divide the state into two Union Territories.

Jyotiraditya Scindia says support bill to bifurcate J&K

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said Tuesday he supported the government's decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories. Taking to Twitter, Scindia said "I support the move on Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and its full integration into the union of India. Would have been better if the constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this."

Plan to approach UNSC, will fight it at every forum: Pakistan PM on Kashmir issue

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan told the joint sitting of Parliament that Islamabad is considering approaching the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over the Kashmir issue. The joint sitting of Pakistan Parliament was called to discuss the country’s future course of action after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Read more here

Did you speak on human rights violation in PoK: Law minister slams Oppn on Article 370

Ravi Shankar Prasad in Lok Sabha: "Today the people from the opposition who are talking about Article 370, did they speak when Human Rights were being violated in Pakistan occupied Kashmir? Even today Human Rights are violated in PoK. These are bigger questions."

Unprecedented horror in Kashmir: Shah Faesal

J&K People's Party Movement's chief Shah Faesal described the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir as "unprecedented horror".
"Everyone is heartbroken. A sense of defeat written on every face. Fall. From citizens to subjects. History has taken a catastrophic turn for all of us.
People are numb. A people whose land, identity, history, was stolen, in broad day light," he said.

Goa minister says will buy land in proposed UT of Kashmir

A day after the Centre withdrew the special status of Kashmir by rendering the Article 370 inoperative, Goa Ports Minister Michael Lobo on Tuesday said he would buy land for constructing his house in Kashmir, where he intends to stay after retiring from politics.

Lobo was speaking in the Legislative Assembly during the motion congratulating the Union government for its "historic" decision on Jammu and Kashmir through which the state has been reorganised into two Union Territories (UTs).

"I am planning to buy land in Kashmir. I want to build a house there. I will invite all my legislator friends there," the BJP MLA said. (PTI)

Modi, Shah earn place in history: Jaitley on Article 370 move

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created history with his clarity and determination on the Kashmir issue, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday, asserting that the vision of party's ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee has proved correct and that of Jawaharlal Nehru a "failure".

In a blog following the government's move to revoke provisions of Article 370 giving Jammu and Kashmir a special status, he took a dig at the Congress over its opposition to the exercise. He termed it a "headless chicken" and said its leadership is determined to succeed in its race to the bottom.

Kashmiri political leaders jailed, will allow terrorists to fill leadership vacuum: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to oppose the arrest of mainstream Kashmiri political leaders. "Kashmir’s mainstream political leaders have been jailed at secret locations. This is unconstitutional and undemocratic. It is also short-sighted and foolish because it will allow terrorists to fill the leadership vacuum created by the government. The imprisoned leaders must be released."

If Farooq Abdullah doesn’t want to come to LS, can’t bring him here at gunpoint, says Shah in Lok Sabha

Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday reiterated that National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah was not detained and did not come to the proceedings in the Lok Sabha on his own free will. "I have made it clear thrice, Farooq Abdullah ji is at his home, he is not under house arrest, he is not under detention. He is in good health, mauj-masti mein hain, unko nahi ana hai toh gun kanpatti par rakh kar bahar nahi la sakte hum (he is fine. if he doesn't want to come to LS, I can't bring him here at gunpoint)."

Like your body being carved: Farooq Abdullah on Kashmir

Speaking on the government's move to revoke the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir by modifying Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into union territories, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah told NDTV it was like "your body was being carved", adding "we will not give in". He said he last saw his son and NC leader Omar Abdullah last night before his arrest.  Read here

Abdullah denied Amit Shah's claims that he was neither arrested nor detained and was at his home on his own free will.

What about PoK? Akhilesh Yadav asks govt on Kashmir bill

During discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said: "We are with the country. But now my question is about the status of Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Government should answer this."

Follow Parliament LIVE updates here

Farooq Abdullah not detained, at home on his own will: Amit Shah

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah is neither detained nor arrested, Home Minister Amit Shah clarified in the Lok Sabha Tuesday. He is at
his home of his own will, he said. 

UN urges India, Pak to 'exercise restraint' as it follows Kashmir issue 'with concern'

UN chief Antonio Guterres has said he was following "with concern" the tense situation in the India-Pakistan region after the Indian government scrapped Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and urged the two neighbours to exercise restraint.

The Indian government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Rajya Sabha approved the resolution abrogating Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state.

"We are following with concern the tense situation in the region... We urge all parties to exercise restraint," Guterres's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told a press briefing here on Monday. (PTI)

Article 370 promoted 'disharmony', needed to be changed: Syama Prasad nephew

The nephew of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee said on Tuesday that the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution was "promoting disharmony" among the people and needed to be changed. "Separate provisions of Article 370 is promoting and harbouring disharmony among people. So it was necessary to change it," Mookerjee told PTI

Mamata announces no support, says govt should have spoken to all stakeholders

West Bengal Chief Minister  Mamata Banerjee says, "We cannot support this bill. We cannot vote for this bill. They should have spoken to all political parties and the Kashmiris. If you need to arrive at a permanent solution, then you have to talk to all stakeholders. I have no information about Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. I appeal to the government that they should not feel isolated. They are not terrorists. They should be released in the interest of the democratic institutions," reported news agency ANI. 

The common man rejoicing in the streets of Srinagar over abrogation of Article 370: Dr Jitendra Singh

In Lok Sabha, Minister of State in PMO and MP from Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Jitnedra Singh, said, "The common man in the streets of Srinagar is rejoicing the abrogation of Article 370. There is, however, a veil of fear that is hindering them." He also said Article 370 was a miscarriage of history and it was the greatest mistake done by the previous regime to the people of Kashmir. He said only Modi and Shah had the political will to revoke it.

Ruckus in Pakistan Parliament after Imran Khan skips Joint session on Kashmir situtaion

Ruckus ensues in Parliament of Pakistan as the Opposition objects to Prime Minister Imran Khan's absence from the joint session to hold a discussion on Kashmir. Session proceedings stopped even before starting as the Speaker left for his chamber, The Dawn reported.

No untoward incident reported from Jammu-Kashmir, situation peaceful: Police

The situation in all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir is totally peaceful, amid unprecedented security cover and restrictions. There are no untoward reports from anywhere in the state, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said from Srinagar. In Srinagar city, where there has been a virtual communications blackout with few phones and internet connections, people who have urgent work are being allowed to move despite strict restrictions, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choduhary said. (PTI)

TMC walks out of Parliament

TMC' Sudip Bandhyopadhyay says, "We feel that Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah are arrested unnecessarily. If we take part in the voting of this Bill, we'll become a party to this Bill. So, we have decided to walk out."

National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K: Rahul Gandhi

Breaking his silence on Article 370, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to question the BJP-led NDA government's move. "This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security," he tweeted. "National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land," he further said.

Pakistan FM Qureshi wrote letter to UN last week on Kashmir issue

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi last week wrote a letter to the UN in which it warned that India was "preparing ground" to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the Foreign Office has said. The Foreign Office on Monday night issued the text of the letter Qureshi sent on August 1 to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President of the UN Security Council and President of the UN General Assembly. Qureshi in the letter highlighted the "deteriorating" human rights situation in Kashmir, an alleged violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and India ending Kashmir's special constitutional status.

Will of people not reflected: DMK's Thalikkottai Baalu on Article 370

DMK's Thalikkottai Baalu says that the will of the people is not reflected in the move. "You are reducing a mighty state government into two municipalities. You have a clear majority. The Bill can be passed easily. Is this what this is about? All I am concerned about is the rule of law. This was not followed here."

Army commander chairs core group meeting in Srinagar; assures high level readiness

In light of the prevailing tensions in the Valley, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh chaired a meeting of the Core Group of Intelligence and Security agencies at Srinagar today to review the operational readiness. He said, "Necessary security arrangements have been put in place for ensuring peace and security"A picture of the meeting was also posted on the Northern Command's official account.

Article370 is a blot on India: BJP Jammu MP

"Article370 is a blot on India. It has only created a divided between Jammu Kashmir and the world. No investments, no jobs - what has it given to us. Because of this, the state has remained backwards," Jugal Kishore Sharma, BJP Jammu MP said.

What kind of Constitutional precedent is BJP setting in country: Manish Tewari

"Indian constitution does not have only Article 370. It also has Article 371 A to I. They provide special rights to Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Andhra, Sikkim etc. Today when you're scrapping Article 370, what message are you sending to these states? That you can revoke Article 371 tomorrow? By imposing President's rule in the north eastern states, and using the rights of their Assemblies in the Parliament, you can scrap Article 371 too? What kind of Constitutional precedent are you setting in the country?" Manish Tewari said.

Meanwhile, check out the range of “special provisions” provided by the Indian Constitution to 11 other states. Read more

Why is Farooq Abdullah missing from discussion: Dayanidhi Maran

Dayanidhi Maran, DMK MP questioned the absence of National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. "Farooq Abdullah, a member of the House is missing when we are discussing such an important topic. We have no intimation about his whereabouts. You as a Speaker should protect the members. You should be neutral."

Jawaharlal Nehru had protected J&K when it was under attack from Pakistan: Manish Tewari

Congress leader Manish Tewari says that after Independence, Maharaja Hari Singh had signed a standstill agreement with Pakistan, which India had refused to sign. It was Jawaharlal Nehru's government which had protected Jammu and Kashmir when it was under attack from Pakistan, he adds. "In last 70 years, several times we saw demands that union territories be converted into states but this is probably the first time in history that a state has been converted into a union territory. There cannot be a bigger blow to federal structure than this"

Wrong interpretation of the Constitution: Manish Tewari

"According to the instrument of annexation, any changes in the Constitution can be made only with the consensus of the state government. In Jammu and Kashmir, where is the Constituent Assembly? Section 3 of the Constitution says consultation with assembly should be done before changing the boundaries of any state" Congress leader Manish Tiwari said. When BJP questioned Congress' move of dividing Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Tiwari said, "We had spoken with the government at state. This is in the record of Parliament. In Jammu and Kashmir's case, you have the wrong interpretation of the Constitution."

Bill will ensure Jammu and Kashmir remains with India: Amit Shah

"This is a historic moment in India's history. What we're are discussing today will impact generations. Many have been questioning the legality of the President Order that I brought in Rajya Sabha yesterday. According to Presidential order from yesterday, by Article 370 (1d) all the Centre's laws will apply to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. There is a resolution according to which using Article 370 (3), Article 370 can be scrapped. Parliament has the right to make laws on Jammu & Kashmir." Appealing to the House to vote in favour for the Bill, Shah adds, "This bill and resolution will ensure that J&K will remain with India forever."

No political move in 'scrapping' Article 370: Amit Shah

"Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India. There are no second thoughts on it. There is ample clarity in both the Indian Constitution as well as the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. When I talk about Jammu and Kashmir, it includes POK. Parliament has full power to make laws and what we are doing is not a political move," Amit Shah said. 

Congress, BJP spar over Article 370

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhry addressing Lok Sabha said, "I don't think you are thinking about PoK, you violated all rules and converted a state into a Union Territory overnight. Former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir are under house arrest. We are not getting to know anything,  But it is being monitored since 1948 by the UN, is that an internal matter? We signed Shimla Agreement & Lahore Declaration, what that an internal matter or bilateral? I want to be enlightened if this is an internal matter." Amit Shah and Leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha Ranjan Chowdhury engage in a heated debate after the latter asks the Home Minister to clarify why the issue is being considered only as an internal matter and not a bilateral one.

PM Modi, Amit Shah arrive in Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have arrived at Parliament. A meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national working president JP Nadda, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar & Nitin Gadkari is underway, at the Parliament. A Congress Working Committee meeting is also going to be held later in the day. Follow Parliament LIVE updates here

Media watchdog in US urges India to restore internet, communications services in Kashmir

A US-based media watchdog has urged India to ensure access to internet and communications services in Kashmir, which were suspended in the Valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. "A large-scale communication disruption at such a crucial time for Kashmir is an egregious violation of citizens' rights to information from a free press," said Aliya Iftikhar, senior researcher for Committee to Protect Journalists' Asia programme.

Phone call with family felt like a farewell: Kashmiri student in Delhi

As a decision regarding their state was taken in Rajya Sabha, Kashmiri students in Delhi said anxiety grew as they were unable to talk to those back home. The last time St Stephen’s student Saqib Yetoo spoke to his parents in Anantnag was around 9 pm Sunday. His mother told him, “Hum tumhe khuda ke hawale kar rahe hai, tum bhi hume khuda ke hawale kar do.” Since then, Yetoo has been unable to contact them: “I even tried calling the local police station, but in vain.”

An MPhil student at DU, who has been unable to contact her family in Baramulla, said: “The phone call last night felt like a farewell because nobody has any idea when we will speak again.”

J&K leaders at the all-party meet, Sunday. (Photo: Twitter @JKNC)

Earlier Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is reported to have met with top security officials -- including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba -- and is believed to have discussed the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Nagaland Governor R N Ravi was also seen leaving the Home Minister’s office. It was not known whether he had a separate meeting with the minister or was part of the internal security meeting, where the NSA was present.

Late evening on Sunday, after an all-party meeting which he presided at his residence, former chief minister and National Conference chairman Farooq Abdullah said, “The modification, abrogation of Article 35A, 370 and unconstitutional delimitation or trifurcation of the State would be an aggression against the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh… All parties would be united in their resolve to protect and defend the identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu and Kashmir against all attacks and onslaughts whatsoever.”

Read | Jammu and Kashmir: Govt looks at land laws to dilute Article 35A

He said the leaders have sought an audience with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “apprise them of the current situation”.

The meeting, held at Abdullah’s residence in Srinagar, was attended by, among others, NC’s Omar Abdullah, PDP’s Muzaffar Hussain Beig, and J&K People’s Conference chief Sajjad Lone, IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal, Congress leader Taj Mohideen and CPI(M)’s M Y Tarigami.

Editorial | Once again Centre sends message to Valley: It alone will decide, give no explanations

On Friday, an order was issued by the Principal Secretary Home, Shaleen Kabra, to tourists and Amarnath yatris in the state advising them to “curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible”.

Besides this, the state administration also suspended the Machail Mata pilgrimage on Saturday in a series of measures that have led to at least six countries issuing advisories against travelling to Jammu and Kashmir.

Read | Kashmir clampdown: Cabinet today, Amit Shah, top officials hold talks

On Sunday, a large number of migrant labourers left Kashmir. A huge rush was witnessed at the Srinagar railway station, where labourers lined up for trains.

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