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Jammu and Kashmir to host first ever global investors summit in October: NK Chaudhary, principal secretary

Indian security personnel stand guard along a deserted street during restrictions in Jammu&Kashmir. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Srinagar Aug 13, 2019, 06.22 PM (IST)

Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) has decided to host investors summit from 12-14 October, NK Chaudhary, principal secretary (Commerce & Industry), said on Tuesday.

"This will be the first-ever global summit to be hosted by the state," the principal secretary said, adding, "the inaugural session of the summit will be held in Srinagar on October 12."

On Monday, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh reviewed security in the Kashmir Valley as the government kept restrictions in Kashmir while easing it somewhat during Eid.

With the scrapping of Article 370 over a week old, the Supreme Court today refused to issue directions to the central government on a petition seeking lifting of all restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir.

The petition was filed by social activist Tehseen Poonawala seeking lifting of curfew and other restrictions including blocking of phone lines, internet and news channels.

The government in its argument in court said it was reviewing the day-to-day situation in the new Union Territory.

The three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra told the petitioner, "We shall wait for the restoration of normalcy, if nothing happens you can back to the court."  

Meanwhile, as Pakistan continued to rake up the issue in the international forum, Poland's ambassador to India Adam Burakowski said that India and Pakistan have to resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally. Poland currently holds the UNSC presidency for August.

In a similar move, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) President Joanna Wronecka had last week refused to comment on Pakistan's letter to the world body regarding abrogation of Article 370 by India.

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had written to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres claiming abrogation of article 370 Jammu and Kashmir had violated the UNSC resolution.

Pakistan had earlier downgraded ties with India and suspended trade relations over the scrapping of Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.