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Kashmir Turmoil: Home Minister Amit Shah to brief Parliament at 11 am

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 05 August 2019, 10:47 AM

Amid ongoing confusion over Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will brief both the houses of Parliament today. According to reports, Shah will speak in Rajya Sabha at 11 am and in Lok Sabha at 12 pm.  

The Home Minister reached Parliament after attending the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official residence. The meeting was also attended by NSA Ajit Doval, Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba and external affairs minister S Jaishankar. 

Earlier on Sunday, Shah held a meeting with top security officials and is believed to have discussed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

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The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is understood to have been discussed in the meeting, an official said. However, what exactly transpired in the meeting is not known immediately.

Jammu and Kashmir has been on the edge following deployment of additional security forces in the state last week.

The administration of Jammu and Kashmir, which is under President's rule, has ordered curtailment of annual Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave Kashmir Valley, citing terror threat. Mobile internet services were suspended across the Valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, police said.

The authorities have also ordered the closure of schools and colleges in Jammu on Monday as precautionary measure and restrictions have also been imposed in Srinagar under Section 144 CrPC. Local cable TV channels have also been shut across the Valley and internet services across sensitive areas will remain blocked until further orders.

Following the deployment of additional troops and other steps, there have been rumours that the Centre may have plans to do away with Article 35A, which gives exclusive rights to the state's residents in government jobs and land.

First Published: Monday, August 05, 2019 10:17 AM
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