India set to impose President’s rule in Occupied Kashmir

India set to impose President’s rule in Occupied Kashmir

New Delhi (Agencies): Modi government is set to impose President's rule in Indian-occupied Kashmir from Thursday, December 20 as the governor's rule expired after six months on Thursday.

According to Indian media, the decision has been taken after Occupied Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik sent a report to the central government recommending imposition of President’s rule in the state.

Governor's rule was imposed in the occupied valley in view of a political turmoil after the BJP withdrew its 25 legislators from the PDP-BJP ruling coalition, reducing PDP to minority.

On November 21, Malik dissolved the 87-member state assembly minutes before PDP could realign and stake claim with the backing of arch rival National Conference and Congress to form the government.

However, the governor is bound to dissolve the legislative assembly after six months, so that the state comes directly under president’s rule for the next six months. In case elections do not take place, then president’s rule can be extended by six months.

Earlier this week, curfew-like restrictions continued across occupied Kashmir following a renewed wave of killings by Indian troops.

On Saturday, Indian forces martyred at least 10 youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district, the Kashmir Media Service reported.

Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has urged global trade organizations to link their trade and business contracts with India to peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute.

In a statement in Srinagar, he appealed to the trade bodies to force New Delhi to stop the ongoing military operation against Kashmiris and resolve the dispute according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.