Kahmir Update – Oct 30

Border Front
In the midst of the credible intelligence reports that about 80Islamic militants are ready to sneak into the Kashmir valley to continue the militancy in India,  Pakistani  forces shelled Indian posts. Indian Army lodged protests with Pakistan over ceasefire violations.

Kashmir Interlocutors
Interlocutors appointed by the Indian Government in their first visit to the Kashmir, met youth who were involved in stone throwing incidents and the militants who are lodged in the prison. They also met J&K governor and the Chief minister Omar Abdullah.

BJP slammed Padagaonkar, one of the interlocutor, for his remarks supporting involvement of Pakistan as a party to end  terrorism in Kashmir. Padagaonkar claims to be realistic in his approach to solve the Kashmir Problem. Interestengly, Ram Jethmalani, a BJP MP supported interlocutors toeing a line different from the party he represents. Anantha Kumar,  a senior BJP leader suggested merging of PoK with India as a final solution to the Kashmir problem. 

Arundhati Roy sharing dias with Kashmiri separatist leader Geelani opined that Kashmir was never an integral part of India. BJP called for strictest possible action  against her. Veerappa Moily, union law minister strongly criticised her statements. The Hindu, a prominent Indian daily, supported Arundhati Roy and opposed initiating  sedition charges against her citing the freedom of expression.  Bajarang Dal warned Arundhati Roy for crossing all limits in the name of freedom of expression.

International relations
Meanwhile, United States, snubbing Pakistan, maintained that Kashmir as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.

Amend constitution to make way for azaadi debate: Panel        Sedition or democracy: How far can freedom of speech be taken?      Pak violates ceasefire, opens fire on Indian posts in Poonch      Written complaint against Arundhati Roy   Arundhati Roy Offends the Indian State – Again  Who has set interlocutors’ agenda, asks BJP

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