Jammu & Kashmir

Special status needs to be reinstated to bring back normalcy in JK: Abdullah

An armed forces personnel stands guard amid restrictions in Lal Chowk Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) president Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said that Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which was abrogated in August 2019, has to be reinstated, to bring back normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

“If normalcy is to be brought in Kashmir, then Article 370 has to be reinstated,” said the former Chief Minister of JK, while speaking to media persons in Delhi.

In August 2019, the Government of India scrapped Article 370 which gave special rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated the region into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

On Monday, the National Conference members also staged a protest outside Parliament of India demanding a time-bound judicial probe into the Hyderpora and Rambagh killings.

The NC members including Dr Farooq Abdullah, Muhammad Akbar Lone, and Husnain Masoodi also demanded the Bhartiya Janta Party led Government of India to revoke the August 5, 2019 ‘unconstitutional decision’ when the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was scrapped and the erstwhile state was divided into two union territories, and the repeal of the controversial farm laws.

“MPs Dr Farooq Abdullah, Akbar Lone & Hassnain Masoodi staged a protest in front of Gandhi Statue in Parliament lawns demanding revocation of Aug 5, 2019 decisions like the contentious farm laws & impartial judicial probe into the Hyderpora, Rambagh and Laway Pora Shoot-outs,” JKNC wrote on its official Twitter handle.


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