India detains Kashmir separatists, issues new warning to Pakistan

India detains Kashmir separatists, issues new warning to Pakistan

India detains Kashmir separatists, issues new warning to Pakistan

Forty Indian soldiers died in the attack, the worst against Indian government forces in Kashmir's history.

"The arrival of more troops and the arrests of leaders and activists of separatist groups is part of an election exercise undertaken to ensure free and fair elections", said the senior police official. "Any attempt of eroding or tampering Article 35A is unacceptable for people of Jammu and Kashmir", it said.

A Joint Resistance Leadership, comprised of three top Kashmiri leaders including Malik, has called for a strike on Sunday to protest the crackdown, a statement said.

The party added, "Those detained included JI Chief Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, party spokesperson Advocate Zahid Ali, former secretary general Ghulam Qadir Lone and dozens more".

Unconfirmed reports said the arrested persons could be shifted to jails outside Kashmir.

CPI (M) MLA Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami said the crackdown on and arrests of separatist leaders without any solid legal grounds do not augur well for the state.

The arrests come around a week after the deadly Pulwama terror attack in which 44 CRPF personnel travelling in a convoy were killed.

The Jamaat in a statement termed the move a "well-designed conspiracy to pave way for further uncertainty in the region".

Áttacking the Centre, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday questioned the legality of the crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leaders, saying the "arbitrary" move will only "precipitate matters" in the state. Pakistan warned India against linking it to the attack without an investigation, and offered a dialogue to resolve all issues, including Kashmir.

So to clear up this mess, the Indian Constitution took a step and added Article 35A in the Indian Constitution which is for the empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

"In the past 24 hours, Hurriyat leaders & workers of Jamaat organisation have been arrested".

Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was detained by the Jammu and Kashmir Police from his residence in Srinagar.

Mufti took to Twitter to express her anger over the arrests of several key Jamaat leaders.

After the detention of Yasin Malik, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir became angry and asked what is the reason for detaining the leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami. Such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground.

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