Srinagar: Leaders of the mainstream political parties in Kashmir will hold an all-party meeting Sunday evening here to discuss the prevailing situation in the Valley. Kashmir has been on the edge following the deployment of additional troops and the state administration’s order asking the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and the tourists to leave the Valley owing to security reasons. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said the leaders of various political parties had decided to meet at a hotel here, but the police asked it not to allow any political meeting in its premises “The political parties here had decided to hold a meeting at a hotel today. But, police has issued an advisory to all hotels not to let political parties hold any meeting in their premises. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Now we are holding the meeting at my residence at 6 pm today,” she told reporters here. Mehbooba said she talked to Nation Conference president Farooq Abdullah about the meeting and he committed that party’s vice president Omar Abdullah would attend it. “I talked to Farooq Sahab, he is unwell. But he made the commitment that Omar sahib will attend the meeting. I have talked to other leaders. It is very important for J&K that mainstream parties, civil society, trade unions, religious organisations and even separatists come together to fight this scourge,” The PDP president said. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us She said the Centre was not bothered to speak on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “We had made an effort to tell the people of this country and the government about the consequences if they toy with Articles 35A and 370 (of the Constitution). We made an appeal too, but no assurance has been given yet from the Centre. They are not bothered to say anything, to say that everything will be alright,” Mehbooba said. Asked about the situation on the Line of Control (LoC), the PDP president said. Advertise With Us “We have heard about the situation on the border. The civilian casualties are condemnable, we are hearing that cluster bombs are being used. This is very wrong. This is done by Israel. Our country is Gandhi’s country and if this is happening, then it is very wrong.” The former chief minister accused the Centre of using corruption as a tool against the leaders of the mainstream political parties in the valley. “They (Centre) did whatever they had to with separatists. Now, they are using many tactics against mainstream political parties. When they got a hint of an all-party meet, Farooq (Abdullah) was taken to Chandigarh (for questioning by the ED in cricket association scam). “They are using corruption as a tool against political parties, crackdowns are being done, workers are being harassed, detained in police stations and their security withdrawn,” she alleged. “They (Centre) are making them (mainstream political leaders) vulnerable so that if anything happens tomorrow and people get angry, they (people) direct it at the mainstream parties rather than the Centre, and, god forbid, they are creating a civil war-like situation. It is a very sinister design that is going on,” Mehbooba added.
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — The Burundian Constitutional Court was forced to validate President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid to seek a third term in office, an exiled judge said as three people were killed in protests Thursday over the president’s candidacy.Protests have rocked Burundi’s capital since the ruling party announced April 25 that it had nominated Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate. Three people were killed and 13 wounded during protests, according to the Burundi Red Cross. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Judges met April 30 and found that Nkurunziza wasn’t eligible to run for another term, said Constitutional Court Vice President Sylvere Nimpagaritse, who is in exile in Rwanda. He said after that decision, the judges started receiving threatening phone calls, which forced him to flee. The remaining judges then changed their decision in Nkurunziza’s favor.“If we did not give the third term a green light, we were going to be in trouble,” Nimpagaritse said.There was no immediate response from the Burundian government to the judge’s claims.Nkurunziza has said the court had found that his bid for a third term in the June 26 election doesn’t contradict the constitution since he was selected by parliament and not by popular election for his first term. Protesters say his re-election bid is illegal.Thursday’s deaths bring the number of people killed in the protests to at least 13 and 216 wounded since April 25. More than 30,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries, fearing political violenceProtesters searched for and assaulted people suspected to be members of the ruling party’s violent youth group on Thursday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top holiday drink recipes