Jammu & Kashmir

Mehbooba warns JK Guv of ‘2008-like public uprising’ if orders on PRC, JK Bank not immediately withdrawn

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Srinagar:  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday warned Governor Administration of 2008 like uprising if it does not withdraw orders on Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) rules and Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Kashmir News Service (KSN) reported.

Quoted by KNS, Mehbooba said, “An unwanted order for land transfer was also issued in 2008 and a public uprising across Kashmir forced then government to withdraw the order immediately and this time when Governor has issued similar unwanted orders on Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) rules and J&K Bank, and I warn Governor’s administration of 2008 like public uprising if it does not withdraw both the orders immediately and forthwith.”

Saying that all the political parties PDP, NC and others are on the same page as far as the rules governing Permanent resident Certificates and Jammu and Kashmir Bank are concerned, Mehbooba expressed his surprise over the Governor’s nonstop tendencies of issuing unwanted controversial orders like Amendment in J&K Municipal act, J&K Bank, PRC rules.

Saying that her party (PDP) particularly the patron late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had also warned then government over the land transfer for Amarnath Yatra in 2008, Mehbooba told KNS, “Government withdrew the order but it was too late. We along with NC are on the same page as far as the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned and urge the government to immediately withdraw the orders on PRC and J&K Bank or be prepared to face a 2008 like stir. I as chief minister also resisted such moves and during my address to August 15 day parade at Bakhshi stadium Srinagar, I declared that PDP, NC and other likeminded parties are on the same page as far as the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned. We planned to form a government with the support of NC and Congress only to protect special status of the state but Governor foiled this attempt.”

Earlier, Kashmir Economic Alliance, a traders’ body on Monday expressed concern over the proposed plans and said that “such development was nothing but part of larger conspiracy against the special status of the state.”

The development arrives after National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Sunday wrote a letter to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik expressing his party’s displeasure on the issue of changing rules of Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) and said that an attempt was being made to distort the demography of the State.

In the letter addressed to Omar, Malik responded to the media reports by stating that is administration was not making or considering any changes in the Act. He also refuted any further ‘unfounded reports’ of changes in the procedural rules governing the issue of PR certificates.

(with inputs from KNS)

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