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Posted at: Aug 7, 2019, 6:51 AM; last updated: Aug 7, 2019, 10:23 AM (IST)

CM decries arrest of J&K leaders

Says scrapping of Article 370 won’t affect corridor

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday protested the arrest of Kashmiri political leaders at the behest of the party which had vehemently opposed the arrest of Opposition leaders during the Emergency.

Terming the arrest of the Kashmiri leaders as totally wrong, the Chief Minister said the act smacked of double standards on the part of the BJP-led government at the Centre. Considering the BJP’s strong opposition to the arrest of Opposition leaders during the Emergency, it did not behoove them to act in this manner in Kashmir, he said.

In an informal chat with mediapersons outside the Assembly, the Chief Minister ruled out any impact of the revocation of Article 370 on either the Kartarpur corridor or terrorism in Kashmir. Neither of these was connected with the Constitutional changes invoked by the Central Government, he said.

“How can it be linked with terrorism?” he questioned, when asked to comment on BJP’s claim that the move would end terror in the Valley. It was security forces, including the Army and the police, who were fighting terrorism, said the Chief Minister, expressing confidence that they would continue to do their job to check the spread of terrorism in Kashmir.

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