Article 35(A) is a hanging sword on our Fundamental Rights: Prof Bhim Singh
JAMMU: Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee today said, I have been watching comments and political statements from several Kashmiri notables some of them being my friends on their reactions to the Article 35(A) in the Constitution of India saying that Article 35(A) is for the prosperity and political protection of the people of J&K. He called on all of them who have become uninvited saviour of the draconian law imposed on the Indian citizens in J&K under the cover of Article 35(A) to dig out the history of Article 35(A) to trace the background which led to the illegitimate birth of this Article. It was imposed in 1954 for a purpose to keep away the citizens in J&K from the protection of Fundamental Rights which were guaranteed by the Constitution of India to all its citizens (including J&K) in the Indian Constitution.
Prof Singh questioned, who has created Article 35(A)? What was the constitutional authority of the President of India, even so, to impose a permanent ban on the Fundamental Rights for the people in J&K? How long such an ordinance, even so, could lost? What is the effect of Article 35(A)? How can a Presidential Ordinance lost for 70 years depriving citizens in J&K of their Fundamental Rights? I request all my friends, with malice to none, that they should study its effects and its implications. What wonders me is that some of those who do not believe in the Constitution of India and have been opposing Constitution of India that even they are supporting ex-ruling parties of J&K for the protection of Article 35(A). I am prepared to sit with anybody, discuss with anybody and evacuate the consequence of a draconian law in J&K born under Article 35(A) to discuss. This is absolutely mischievous propaganda by power thirsty politicians if demolished shall take away their rights guaranteed to the citizens in J&K under Maharaja’s State Subject Laws. Article 35(A) has nothing to do with the rights guaranteed to the people of J&K by the Maharaja in 1927. I urge that the power hungry politicians to change their thinking for the future of J&K and the welfare of its people. The Fundamental Rights guaranteed by the Maharaja are unshakeable, Prof Bhim Singh concluded.

Mehbooba welcomes Pak plan to open route to Gurudwara Sahib
SRINAGAR: Welcoming the Pakistan plan to open route to Gurudwara Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti hoped that road to Sharda Peeth in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) is also opened for Kashmiri Pundits.
The new Government of PTI headed by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan has recently indicated opening of the route to Gurudwara Sahib at Kartarpur, Pakistan, for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in 2019.
Taking to micro blogging site twitter the president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba tweeted,
”Pakistan’s plans to open the route to Gurudwara Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in 2019 is a good step and deserves a positive response from Indian side”.
She further said, ”Also hope to see Sharda Peeth opens soon for our Kashmiri Pundits”. (UNI)

Train service suspended in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Train service on Wednesday was suspended as a precautionary measure in the Kashmir valley, where people are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha today.
We have suspended all trains in the valley today, official sources told UNI.
They said during the Eid-ul-Fitr there were stone pelting incidents causing damage to railway property in the valley. To prevent such incidents this time, it was decided to suspend the train service, they said adding all train operating on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag- Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu have been suspended today.
Similarly, no train will chug on Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir, they said. (UNI)

BSF jawan allegedly shoots self in Jammu
JAMMU: A BSF jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Pargwal area of Akhnoor here on city outskirts.
Police sources said that jawan identified as Head Constable B K Tiwari this morning allegedly shot himself with SMG while performing his duty along the forward post in Pargwal area.
They added that on hearing the gun shots, his colleagues rushed to the spot and found him in a pool of blood.
“He was rushed to the hospital but declared as brought dead,” police added and said that a case has been registered and investigation started.

Police denies report about attack in south Kashmir
SRINAGAR: A spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday refuted the reports about any attack at Bijbehara on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
He said the media reports about the attack at Arwani Bijbehara in Anantnag district are totally baseless. (UNI)