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SRINAGAR: Political parties on Friday welcoming the decision of granting Divisional Status to Ladakh expressed displeasure against the government’s decision to isolate the Pir Panjal and Chenab regions. Soon after the government orders creation of separate division to Ladakh, National Conference (NC) Vice President and former chief minister, Omar Abdullah reiterated party’s promise of granting divisional status to Chenab valley and Pir Panchal regions.

In a tweet, Omar said asked should the people of Jammu and Kashmir repose faith in NC after the elections of 2019. Omar took to twitter and said: “After the elections of 2019 should the people of J&K repose faith in @JKNC_ our government will grant division status to Chenab valley & Pir Panchal regions as already laid out in our regional autonomy promise.” Meanwhile Welcoming the decision of creating separate division for Ladakh, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone also demanded creation of separate divisions for Chenab and Pir Panchal regions to end miseries of people living there.

In a tweet Lone said, “Welcome the creation of separate division for Ladakh. Puts an end to their miseries. Equally important is the demand for separate divisions for Peer Panchal and Chenab. Smaller divisions will improve governance. And it will b a great relief for the inhabitants.” PDP Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said that decision of granting Division status to Ladakh is welcome but the discrimination with Pir Panjal and Chenab cannot be brushed aside.

Mir said that singularly granting this status to Ladakh alone in absence of a popular government is a politically motivated decision by the Governor, and also against the regional balance. Mir said that putting the entire Pir Panjal and Chenab population in isolation reflects Governor’s discriminatory approach. He said that this decision should have been taken by a popular government which should ideally be in place soon, owing to the constitutional obligation to hold early elections. This decision stands against the regional balance when done singularly for Ladakh, he said. Mir said that “we earnestly demand equal empowerment of Pir Panjal and Chenab region also so that regional balance is maintained. His reaction comes after Jammu and Kashmir Government granted divisional status to Ladakh.