Omar Abdullah questions the Army's participation in the Kashmir Uniform Civil Code seminar
Omar Abdullah questions the Army's participation in the Kashmir Uniform Civil Code seminar
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Srinagar, 23 March: Vice-President of the National Conference (NC), Omar Abdullah, expressed concerns on Saturday on the Indian Army’s participation in a seminar about the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in Kashmir, calling it a “divisive” matter for the delicate area.

The lecture at Kashmir University Auditorium, entitled “Navigating Legal Frontiers: Understanding Indian Penal Code 2023 and the quest for Uniform Civil Code,” is slated to take place on March 26.

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Abdullah expressed his concerns on social media, raising doubts about the Indian Army’s suitability for involvement in a dispute as divisive as the UCC, especially in a sensitive area like Kashmir.

Is it right for the Indian Army to intervene in the contentious uniform civil code debate, especially in a sensitive region like Kashmir? The Indian Army has been nonreligious and apolitical for a reason. Both of these fundamental principles are in danger because of this foolish UCC lecture, Abdullah said in a post on X.

Moreover, Abdullah cautioned that if the seminar went forward, the army may be accused of becoming involved in politics and religious matters, which might damage the army’s prestige.

According to reports, the General Officer Commanding HQ 31 Sub Area, Major General PBS Lamba, received the invites from the PRO Defence, Srinagar.

A defense spokesperson stationed in Srinagar has now announced that the Model Code of Conduct’s adoption has forced the cancellation of the aforementioned seminar.

“Kashmir Jurist’s” planned Legal Awareness Seminar at Kashmir University on March 24 has been canceled owing to the Model Code of Conduct’s adoption,” the spokesman said.

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