US Urges India to Release Leaders Held in J&K ‘Without Charges’
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The United States of America urged India to release political leaders who have been detained in Jammu and Kashmir for almost five months on Friday, 24 January.
Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, said, “We also continue to urge the government to permit regular access by our diplomats, and to move swiftly to release those political leaders detained without charge.”
Earlier on Friday evening, the Jammu and Kashmir administration decided to restore 2G mobile internet in all 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir nearly five months after it was shutdown.
- The restoration of the 2G internet facility on mobile phones will continue till 31 January after which it would be reviewed further
- In a significant judgment on J&K shutdown, SC on 10 January observed that the access to internet cannot be suspended indefinitely
SC Reserved Judgment on Anuradha Bhasin and Ghulam Nabi Azad's Petition
The SC had, on 27 November, reserved its judgment on a batch of petitions filed by Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad challenging the restrictions on communication and other restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 in July.
SC to Start Hearing Batch of Pleas Against Article 370 Abrogation Today
The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, 10 December, will start hearing a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the Centre's move to abolish Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
On Monday, a bench headed by Justice NV Ramana asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate Raju Ramachandaran to come prepared in the matter.
The bench has also asked the parties to prepare a common compilation of all the documents so that hearing of the matter becomes easier.
Mehta said that although the common compilation of submission is ready, but if any fresh material during the course of hearing, then it will be filed at a later stage.
Home Minister Amit Shah Takes Questions on Jammu and Kashmir
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while addressing the Lok Sabha, answered questions on the Infiltration of Militants in Jammu and Kashmir. While answering the question, the Home Minister said that the situation in the area is completely normal. He further said that the problem is with the Opposition since they predicted bloodshed. "Nothing of that sort happened, not one bullet was fired."
Further, Shah answered to Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, saying that 99.5 percent students in J&K sat for their examination, and 7 lakh people and that 7 lakh people have availed OPD services in Srinagar is a clear indicator that things are normal in the region.
Upon being asked about the politicians held in detention in the area, Shah said that the government doesn't want to keep them even a day extra. "Whenever the administration thinks is the right time, the political leaders will be released," he said.
"Farooq Abdullah's father was kept in jail for 11 years by Congress, we dont want to follow them, as soon as admin decides, they will be released."
Important to Restore Normalcy in Kashmir: EU Ambassador to India
Ugo Astuto, the European Union Ambassador to India, said today that it is important to restore freedom of movement and normalcy in Kashmir.
Urging Pakistan to take action against militants and terrorists operating from its soil, the Ambassador said that the visit of European MPs was not an expression of the EU's policy decision.
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