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Kashmir, a year after special status revocation

Aug 04, 2020 23:06 IST

A curfew is in place in Kashmir valley on the anniversary of annulment of the Article 370 which granted special status to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. The administration in the union territory has cited special inputs that indicate Pakistan-backed separatist groups were planning to disrupt the fragile peace in the region. It was on this day last year that the Narendra Modi government delivered a core BJP promise and bifurcated the former state into two union territories. Almost all the local mainstream leaders, who where either detained or put under house arrest before the Parliament abrogated the special status, have since been released. However, BJP’s former ally and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti remains in house detention under the controversial Public Safety Act. While the BJP has promised restoration of the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, NC leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah has clearly stated that his National Conference which has mostly ruled the region since its merger with the India union, will not contest elections till the statehood is restored.