Home minister Amit Shah has assured that Kashmir will be normal again very soon. In his words, there were no restrictions in Jammu & Kashmir but these blockades were only present in some “certain minds”.
“There is no curfew anywhere in 196 police stations in J&K. Restrictions under Section 144 Cr.PC, that prohibits assembly of more than four people and political processions, is imposed in eight police stations. Landlines are functional, in fact after August 5, as many as 6,200 new PCOs were opened,” said Mr. Shah.
He also said that there will no cap on the investments in the coming future and J&K would be the most developed State in the next 10 years.
He came out with these comments at a function organised by Samkalp Former Civil Servants Forum at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) in Delhi.
Mr. Shah also accused former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru of mishandling the whole Kashmir issue and also said that he committed a “himalayan blunder” by taking this delicate issue to the United Nations.
“No telephone is not violation of human rights, the death of more than 41,000 people in J&K due to Article 370 is. Why can’t the champions of human rights see the pain of the widows of security forces who were killed in J&K all these years?” Amit Shah said.
Indian Home minister also stressed on the fact that “8-10-year-old girls” were thrown in the fire of marriage at such young age in Kashmir as the Child Marriage Act which prohibits marriage for girls before 18 years was not applicable in J&K due to Article 370. “As many as 106 Central laws were not applicable in J&K. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) came into existence only after August 5,” Mr. Shah claimed.