Article 35A

Restrictions were lifted from most parts of Kashmir on Saturday, a day after strict curbs on the movement of people were imposed in view of Friday congregational prayers, officials said.

The process of easing of prohibitory orders and providing relaxations continued on Sunday. The relaxations were provided in 50 police stations as against 35 police stations on Saturday, and the duration in the relaxation was increased from six hours to eight hours, the government had said.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said the scrapping of Article 370 will improve lives of Jammu and Kashmir residents as it was a symbol of injustice for the past 70 years.

"The manner in which it has been done is completely unconstitutional and it's against all the principles of democracy. There are rules to be followed when such things are done, which were not followed," Priyanka Gandhi said.

In his petition, Poonawala had also challenged the detention of National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti and Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference leader Sajjad Lone who were arrested on August 5.

Asserting that the government has made sufficient stock of essential items, the statement read, "Wheat has been stocked to suffice for 65 days, rice for 55 days, mutton for 17 days, poultry for one month, kerosene oil for 35 days, LPG for one month."

The next big test for security forces is Eid. Eid is on Monday and maintaining peace in the valley will be a big challenge for the security forces. The administration is planning to restart the communication line in the valley, especially for Eid.

PM Modi said that Pakistan used Articles 370 and 35 A as a weapon to "instigate" people against the country and expressed confidence that in the new order the state would be free of terrorism.

In a statement, he stated that the "unusually fast decisions" taken in Parliament regarding Jammu and Kashmir "will obviously have far-reaching implications at many levels".

The move by Islamabad comes in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 (A) by the BJP-led Central government that provided special rights and status to Jammu and Kashmir.