The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs is expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from August 17 to 22, sources said on Sunday. Earlier PM Modi had held the first high-level interaction between the Centre and political leadership mainly from Kashmir after August 5, 2019, when the Centre rescind the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories.
Among the 14 leaders who participated in the meeting were Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, Tara Chand and GA Mir; National Conference's Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah; PDP's Mehbooba Mufti, J-K Apni Party's Altaf Bukhari. The issue of revival of statehood was also raised by several members of the gathering. The PDP chief told reporters after the 3.5 hour-long meetings that she has told the Prime Minister that the people of Jammu and Kashmir do not accept the manner in which Article 370 was abrogated "unconstitutionally, illegally and immorally".
"People of Jammu and Kashmir are in a lot of difficulties after August 5, 2019. They are angry, upset, and emotionally shattered. They feel humiliated. I told Prime Minister that people do not accept the manner in which Article 370 was abrogated unconstitutionally, illegally, and immorally." a media reported on behalf of the Kashmirians.