‘Entire world supports abrogation of Article 370’
Charges opposition with spreading ‘misinformation’
New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said there are no restrictions in the Kashmir Valley now and that the entire world has supported the move to abrogate the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.
Shah also said that Jammu and Kashmir will be the most developed region in the country in the next five to seven years because of the bold step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5.
The Home Minister also criticised the opposition for spreading “misinformation” about restrictions in the valley.
“Where are the restrictions? It is only in your mind. There are no restrictions. Only misinformation about restrictions is being spread,” he said addressing a seminar on national security.
The home minister said out of the 196 police stations in Kashmir, curfew was lifted everywhere, and only in eight police stations areas CrPC 144 was imposed where five or more persons cannot gather.
Referring to the recently concluded United Nations General Assembly, Shah said all world leaders have supported India’s move on Article 370.
“All world leaders had gathered for seven days (in New York). Not a single leader has raised the issue (of Jammu and Kashmir). This is a big diplomatic victory of the Prime Minister,” he said.
The home minister said 41,800 people have lost their lives in the decades-old militancy in Jammu and Kashmir but no one has raised the issue of human rights violation of forces personnel, their widows or the children who were orphaned.
“But people are trying to create a hue and cry over lack of mobile connections for few days. Lack of phone connection is not human rights violation,” he said.
Shah also said 10,000 new landline connections were given in Jammu and Kashmir while 6,000 PCOs have also come up in the last two months.
“The decision on Article 370 will strengthen the unity and integrity of India,” he said.