‘Internet ban, curfew post Article 370 abrogation saved lives of thousands’
Srinagar: The Union Home Minister of India, Amit Shah on Saturday said that during the abrogation of article 370, internet ban and curfew saved lives of thousands of youth of the valley.
Notably over 900 people have been detained ahead of Amit Shah’s visit to Kashmir, while armed forces on the roads have reportedly siezed two wheelers en-masse.
Shah was speaking at the Raj Bhawan auditorium where he also said that the people questioned curfew and communication blackout at that time, but had there been no curfew, they don’t know how many lives would have been lost.
“The lives of Kashmiri youth have been saved by that decision which has been questioned on so many platforms.”
He said that three families ruled J&K for 70 years. “Why were 40,000 people killed during their reign. Is there any explanation to those killings,” Shah questioned.
Shah said that the BJP government has made those things possible which were hampered during the 70 years rule of three families.
“Today we are witnessing development, employment and education in Jammu and Kashmir. This is a big change. Industries are coming up in J&K. Tourism sector is flourishing. Now no matter how much force one exerts, no one can stop this wind of change,” he said.
He said that he wants to assure the youth of Kashmir that no one can stop this change from happening and it’s a new era for Kashmir.
“Today, I came to Jammu and Kashmir after around 2 and a half years. It is a very contented moment for me as after the security review meeting, I am having an event with the youngsters of Youth Club,” he said while addressing members of J&K Youth Club.
About delimitation, Amit Shah said: “Why should we stop delimitation? Delimitation will happen, followed by elections and then restoration of statehood.”
He also said that he wants to make a friendly bond with the youth of Kashmir as “they are the future of nation”.
“5th August 2019 will be written in Golden letters. It was the end of terrorism, nepotism and corruption in J&K. Now youth of J&K have to contribute in the development of the Union Territory, it is their responsibility,” Shah said.
He added that millitancy has reduced, stone pelting has become invisible post abrogation of article 370.
“I want to assure you that strict action will be taken against those who want to ruin peace of J&K. No one can obstruct development which is taking place here. It’s our commitment and we will definitely fulfill all our commitments,” he said.
Notably Amit Shah is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, he chaired a security review meeting and also visited the residence of slain inspector Parvez Ahmed, who was killed by militants last month.
(With inputs from KNS)