The inaugural blast for the 14.83 km tunnel was initiated virtually by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. When launched, it will be the longest bi-directional tunnel in Asia, connecting the Kashmir Valley to Ladakh.
In her first public message after her release from detention, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that she will fight for the restoration of Article 370. She also said that she will exert all efforts to resolve the Kashmir conflict.
Syed Ali Geelani has long been the face of Kashmir’s veto…his was the door that slammed shut on India. The 91-year-old’s departure marks the twilight of separatist politics, and a shift in Pakistan’s tactics.
Kashmiris have lived through the worst times. All they must do is to adhere to this lockdown and its advisory as this is the only lockdown that is for life, for securing children, adults and old people from the dreaded disease, writes Naseer Ganai.
The protagonists of the AFSPA would argue that the Army’s internal mechanism is enough to deal with such issues. But no one in Kashmir takes it seriously as previous cases like the Patheribal fake encounter case of 2000 shows
Many in J&K fear that the state could become another Xingjian. The petitions against the Article 35A, which debars Indians from outside J&K from purchasing land and getting state government jobs in the state, are seen more as political in nature than legal.