Omar Abdullah demands statement from Modi govt in Parliament about Jammu and Kashmir

Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, Aug 3: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah met Governor Satya Pal Malik in Srinagar and said BJP government should give a statement in Parliament about the need for the order to end yatra and evacuate tourists from Jammu and Kashmir.

” On Monday, when Parliament starts functioning, Centre should give a statement on what was the need for the order to end yatra and evacuate tourists. We want to hear it from the Parliament that there is no need for people to be afraid,” Omar Abdulah said after meeting Governor.

” We wanted to know about the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir . When we ask officials, they say something is happening, but nobody knows what is actually happening,” Omar Abdullah said.

The Governor assuaged our concerns that arragements are being made in the state for an announcement on Article 35A and Article 370. The Governor assured no such announcement is expected,” Abdullah said.

Referring to his meeting with PM Modi , the former J&K chief minister said there was no indication of any impending order regarding Amarnath Yatra in the meeting. He added the PM spoke about his willingness to conduct polls in the state which has been under President’s rule since June 20, 2018.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday met the delegation including PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, President of Jammu and Kashmir Political Movement (JKPM) Dr Shah Faesal, People’s Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Raza and asked them to ‘maintain calm and do not believe rumors spread after the government issued an advisory asking Amarnath Yatris and tourists to return as soon as possible.

The political leaders expressed concerns about the ‘panic situation’ in the Valley created by the developments during the day including the advisory issued by the government.

Former state chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti reportedly managed to give her security a slip and landed at the high security Gupkar Road residence of National Conference (NC) President and Parliament member, Farooq Abdullah.

Sources said she told the elder Abdullah that this was a crucial time for the mainstream political parties and they needed to sink their differences for “protection of state’s special status”.

The Kashmir Valley is in panic mode after the government, in a security advisory on Friday, suspended the Amarnath Yatra, and asked tourists to leave the state at the earliest fearing a major militant strike.

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