J&K: Omar Abdullah’s Party Challenges Govt’s Move in SC


The National Conference has petitioned the Supreme Court against the centre’s move to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two union territories. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s party in its petition claimed the Centre’s move was illegal.

Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti along with hundreds of political leaders are under arrest as thousands of troops have been posted across Jammu and Kashmir to prevent any trouble.

The petition was filed by National Conference MPs Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi.

However, BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal had welcomed the centre’s move to make the mountainous area a Union Territory.

Namgyal in the Parliament earlier this week said that if Ladakh is today underdeveloped, then Article 370 and Congress party are responsible for it. He further asserted that the people of Ladakh had been fighting for Union Territory status for seven decades.

Meanwhile, Srinagar District Magistrate on Saturday in a tweet said, “restrictions have been eased in most parts of the city.”

Phone services and internet were also partly restored in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday morning and restrictions were eased to facilitate prayers and Eid celebrations next week.

The decision to ease restrictions on Friday was taken after the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval asked officials to ensure that no Kahmiris were harassed after his visit to Srinagar.

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