Amit Shah Announces Removal Of Article 370 In Jammu & Kashmir Amidst Massive Outcry

Severe unrest and panic has taken over Jammu and Kashmir as news of possible terrorist attacks is on the air. Over the weekend, Amarnath pilgrims and tourists were asked to curtail their stay in J&K as the Pakistan Army were allegedly “planning to upscale violence” and tried to “target the yatra recently”, reported The Hindu.

Due to this uncertain situation, an indefinite curfew was imposed in Srinagar. Leaders including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Sajad Lone were put under house arrest. Internet, phone, and cable services have been shut down.

According to Firstpost, the current government is most likely to revoke both Article 35A and Article 370 which gives J&K an autonomous identity. According to these, special rights and privileges are bestowed upon the citizens of J&K and prohibits people from outside the state from buying/purchasing any immovable property in the state. Article 35A prohibits non-permanent residents from permanently settling in the state, buying immovable property, acquiring land, applying for government jobs, any kind of scholarships and aids and other public welfare projects.

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In the Rajya Sabha session that took place this morning, Home Minister Amit Shah proposed the removal Article 370 which gives a special status to J&K. He said that all regulations falling under Article 370 will not be applicable after Presidential nod.

Amidst such chaos, actor Anupam Kher’s tweet addressing the issue has stirred controversy online.

According to a report by NDTV, Kher had previously claimed that all the issues in the Kashmir Valley will be resolved if Article 370 is abolished. This is how netizens reacted:

Under the proposed law that Amit Shah introduced in the Rajya Sabha, Jammu and Kashmir will now be a Union Territory with legislature and not a state.

According to India Today, the government has also proposed to make Ladakh and J&K  separate Union Territories. They have also proposed separate legislatures for the two.

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We hope this unrest soon comes to an end. Stay safe, J&K.