July 2019 News

Governor Malik: 'All Is Well'

30 July 2019
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: SRINAGAR - Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Tuesday that people should not pay heed to rumours of any major decision on the special status of the state as 'everything is normal'. 'A lot of rumours are spread here, do not pay any heed to them. Everything is fine, everything is normal,' Governor Malik said when asked about the slew of orders appearing on social media about the possibility of a prolonged law and order situation in Kashmir Valley. Malik said the orders which had appeared on the social media in recent days were not valid. 'No order is valid. If someone catches a sneeze in Lal Chowk, by the time it reaches Governor house, it is projected as a bomb blast,' he added. the Government declaration does not withstand the fact the order on deployment of more forces was owned by his advisor K Vijay Kumar, who is incharge of the state's Home department, as well as top police brass. While Kumar said that 10000 paramilitary forces were deployed as part of the 'plan in pipeline' while police top police brass claimed that more troops are as replacement to give rest to personnel who discharged duties during Panchayat and Urban Local bodies polls. The order, directing five zonal superintendents of police in the Kashmir Valley to provide a list of mosques in the city and its management committees, was owned SSP Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mughal as 'routine policing exercise'. Kashmir has been on the edge for the past week after the Centre decided to send 100 companies of additional Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPFs) to the valley, giving rise to speculations that the BJP-led union government might repeal Article 35-A of the Constitution that provides for special residency and job rights to the people of the state. Over the past three days, several orders issued by state government officials and some central government departments had further fuelled the speculations that a major decision with regard to Jammu and Kashmir was in the offing. While a Railway Protection Force officer had issued an order asking the employees to stock up rations for four months in view of prediction of deteriorating law and order situation, the Senior Superintendent of Police of Srinagar had directed five zonal SPs in the city to collect details of all the mosques and their management committees in their respective areas of jurisdiction and submit it immediately for onward submission to higher authorities. Omar Retorts, Seek CBI Probe Into 'Fake Orders' National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday demanded a CBI inquiry into the 'fake orders' that had surfaced on social media over the past few days, leading to speculation that the Centre might be moving to scrap Article 35-A of the Constitution, which provides special rights of residency and jobs to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the state. 'This is a very serious matter raised by the Governor. Fake orders were circulated under the signature of senior government officers. This is not something that can be dismissed with a simple sound byte. The CBI must be asked to investigate these fake orders & their origin,' Abdullah tweeted. He was reacting to Governor Satya Pal Malik's assertion that the orders that have appeared on the social media were not valid. 'A lot of rumours are spread here, do not pay any heed to them. Everything is fine, everything is normal,' Governor Malik said when asked about the slew of orders appearing on social media about the possibility of a prolonged law and order situation in Kashmir Valley. Malik said the orders which had appeared on the social media in recent days were not valid. 'No order is valid. If someone sneezes in Lal Chowk, by the time the news reaches Governor's house, it is projected as a bomb blast,' he added. (PTI) NC Gives 'Calling Attention' Notice In LS National Conference Member Parliament Hasnain Masoodi on Monday gave notice for attention to call Minister of Home affairs regarding panic and uncertainty in Kashmir following deployment of additional government forces to Kashmir and connected measures like directions to sent back families, store food for four months and drinking water making rounds of social media. Masoodi through calling attention notice has demanded a statement from the Minister of Home Affairs on the subject to dispel all doubts and panic created by such unusual measures, said a party spokesman. He also raised the matter during Zero Hour and asked for necessary steps to end the uncertainty. Earlier during the day Masoodi strongly opposed extension of National Medical Commission Bill 2019 to Jammu and Kashmir pleading legislative incompetence. He insisted that as Entry 25 of Concurrent List under which the law was being enacted was not applicable to the State, the Bill could not be extended to the State.

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