Kashmiri politicians will meet with the Indian prime minister on Thursday for the first talks since he revoked the region’s special status two years ago.
Kashmiri politicians will urge Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restore the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir when they meet with him on Thursday for the first talks since he revoked the region’s special status two years ago. report party officials to Reuters news agency.
New Delhi has struggled for decades to dampen secessionist sentiments in the only Muslim-majority state, blaming neighboring Pakistan for supporting an armed rebellion in the Himalayan region, which Islamabad denies.
Reaffirming control of New Delhi in August 2019, Modi abolished Article 370 of the Constitution, ending the autonomy of the region and eliminating its status as a state by dividing it into the federal territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh dominated by Buddhists.
Some of the politicians who would meet with Modi on Thursday were among the thousands detained at the time to avoid a backlash against the shock movement.
The government also imposed months-long communications restrictions on the very sensitive Kashmir Valley to stifle opposition.
“Our agenda is the restoration of the state of Jammu and Kashmir before August 5, 2019,” the leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, told colleagues on Sunday, according to two officials. who attended the meeting online, according to Reuters.
Senior National Conference leaders also met over the weekend and supported the decision to push for the restoration of state status and special status, a party official said.
“We will press for these two demands during the meeting with the Prime Minister,” the official said.
The three officials declined to be appointed because the discussions were private.
Representatives of the PDP and the National Conference will meet on Tuesday along with other members of an alliance formed last year to seek a peaceful restoration of Kashmir’s autonomy, to prepare for talks with the prime minister, the spokesman said of the PDP, Suhail Bukhari.
The 2019 decision to withdraw India-administered Kashmir autonomy provoked a strong reaction from Pakistan, which led to the degradation of diplomatic ties and the suspension of trade.
But neighbors with nuclear weapons have held secret talks this year with the aim of reducing tensions and agreed to observe a ceasefire along the disputed border in Kashmir.