J&K, Kashmir crisis, Jammu and Kashmir, food shortages, food supplies, food, US, UN, Article 370, Article 35A

Breaking his long silence on the ongoing J&K crisis, Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter on August 6 to express his concern about bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir to 2 Union Territories. He referred the Centre’s new Order passed after imprisoning the political representatives of state as unconstitutional.

Implying that the recent decision to revoke Article 370 and 35A has grave indication towards national security, Gandhi cited that India is nation made from its people and not the geographical borders it own.

National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land.

This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security.

National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land.

This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security.

National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land.

This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security.

Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah, on Tuesday made a motion in the Lower House of the parliament to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

While presenting the resolution, Shah asserted that the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) region was a part of Kashmir and the incumbent government in the Centre will defend it with their lives.

As the lockdown continues in J&K, a recent update on Tuesday suggests that the valley is equipped with food provisions adequate for a period of more than 3 months.

According to Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary to the Planning Commission, Srinagar, confirmed that the food items like wheat, rice, eggs, and mutton along with other basic necessities like fuel has been stockpiled and distributed across the region. This will ensure that no food and civil supplies shortage will be faced by the locals in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has arrived in the valley to review the on ground security preparations. Keeping a close watch on Srinagar, NSA Doval is expected to ensure a smooth transition of the administrative structure of J&K from a special-status state to a Union Territory (U.T.).

In an attempt to curb the spread of fake news of civilian unrest in the area, DGP Dilbagh Singh, J&K directed the locals to stay calm. He also confirmed that peace has been maintained in the South, North, and West region of the valley and any report suggesting otherwise is incorrect.

District Magistrate D.S. Dattaray also confirmed the same.

However, the international forum, the United Nations, voiced concern over the escalating cross-border tensions between India and Pakistan as New Delhi abrogated Article 35A and restructured Article 370 on Monday. Stephanie Dujarric, the Spokesperson to the U.N. Secretary-General, urged both the neighbouring nations concerned to exercise restrain.

At the same time, the United States (U.S.) urged New Delhi and Islamabad to maintain peace and stability along the LoC (Line of Control). Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, the U.S. State Department, cited that the White House is keeping close watch of the events unfolding in the region. He also put across the concerns regarding human rights violation in the wake of security build-up in the state.

Earlier on Monday, the External Affairs Ministry had debriefed the representatives of the U.S., the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China, with respect to the latest developments on revoking special status to J&K and dividing the region into two Union Territories – Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

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