Guv: Tourist ad­vi­sory to be lifted on Oct 10

Silent on Art 370, is NC soft­en­ing to­wards Delhi?

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - Saleem.Pan­dit

Sri­na­gar: The in­trigu­ing si­lence of Na­tional Con­fer­ence on the nul­li­fi­ca­tion of Ar­ti­cles 370 and 35A on Sun­day, when a15-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion of party lead­ers was al­lowed to meet their bosses for the first time in two months since Farooq Ab­dul­lah and his son Omar were de­tained, seems to be part of a well thought out strat­egy, if party in­sid­ers are to be be­lieved.

In what could well be an in­di­ca­tion of go­ing soft to­wards the Cen­tre on the con­tentious pro­vi­sions which are now de­funct, NC sources told TOI on Mon­day that the party would “rather fo­cus on press­ing for restor­ing state­hood to J&K”.

It may be noted that while NC mem­bers chose not to talk J&

K gov­er­nor Satya Pal Ma­lik on Mon­day di­rected lift­ing of an over two-month-old ad­vi­sory that had asked tourists to leave the Val­ley due to “ter­ror threat”. The ad­vi­sory, which will be lifted on Oc­to­ber 10, was is­sued on Au­gust 2, days be­fore the is­suance of the pres­i­den­tial or­der re­vok­ing the spe­cial sta­tus of J&K.

about the with­drawal of spe­cial sta­tus to J&K af­ter they met the party bosses on Sun­day, they fo­cused on their twin de­mands for the re­lease of all de­tained po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, in­clud­ing the Ab­dul­lahs, and the “lift­ing of lock­down” in Kash­mir.

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