Monday, 06 July, 2020
India set to impose president's rule in occupied Kashmir

India set to impose president's rule in occupied Kashmir

India on Wednesday imposed president’s rule in Indian-held Kashmir after the expiry of the six-month governor’s rule, paving the way for the central government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take all policy decisions related to the occupied territory.

Pakistan condemned the move as another step in the continuity of Indian brutalities and barbarism, with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urging the world organisations and defenders of human rights to play their due role to stop the atrocities against the innocent Kashmiris.

In June, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the governing coalition in IoK and the governor’s rule was imposed. In November, Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the assembly minutes before Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) laid claim with the support of National Conference and Congress.

President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation for imposition of central rule in the state, which plunged into a political crisis in June after the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government was reduced to minority following withdrawal of support by the 25-member BJP.

A gazette notification issued on Wednesday said the President Ram Nath Kovind had received a report from the governor and after considering it he was ‘satisfied’ that president’s rule in the state was needed. The notification took effect at the midnight. The governor would now set an election date.

Foreign Minister Qureshi, in a statement, said that imposition of president’s rule was another step in the continuity of Indian atrocities and barbarism in occupied Kashmir. The demanded of the UN Secretary General to immediately appoint a special representative on the Kashmir issue.

The move comes amid escalation of Indian brutalities and a flagrant violation of human rights by the Indian forces in the occupied territory. On December 15, the troops killed as many as 11 Kashmiri youths during a cordon and search operation and firing of live ammunition on protesters in Pulwama.

Since then, a complete lockdown had been imposed by the Indian occupation forces as civilians take to the streets to march against the deaths. Authorities had also shut down mobile, internet and train services.

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