No restrictions in valley; lack of phones isn’t human rights violation:Shah
Delhi, Sep 29: Union 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 5-7 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
“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
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
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
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 soldiers, 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.
to UN for Kashmir was blunder’:Holding the Congress
party squarely responsible for the present-day Kashmir dispute, Amit Shah
slammed the critics for questioning the Narendra Modi government’s August 5
move to abrogate Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Blaming first Prime Minister Jawaharlal
Nehru for the crisis, Shah said going to the UN for the Kashmir issue was a
“blunder”. He said Article 370 went on for years “due to wrong promotion”.
“First of all, going to UN for Kashmir
was a blunder. And secondly, the selection of the charter was wrong. Instead of
choosing charter 35, the government should have opted for charter 51,” the
BJP president said in a packed auditorium. He was speaking at an event
organised by IndraprasthVishwaSamvad Kendra here.
Elaborating further on his claims, Shah
said: “Charter 35 made it a conflict between two nations, while charter 51
would have helped us put the case of a foreign nation occupying our land.”
He also alleged that Kashmir’s history has
been moulded to hide the truth. “It is because the people writing the
history were the ones who had created problems in Kashmir,” he said.
Shah reminding the audience how Sardar
Patel ensured 630 ”riyasats” joined India after Independence, except for
Jammu and Kashmir that was handled by Nehru.
Training his guns on the first Prime
Minister, Shah said: “When Indian armed forces were on the verge of
defeating Pakistani army and militants during Independence, Nehru called off
the fight. This led to a major chunk of Jammu and Kashmir getting into hands of
Pakistan.” (With inputs from IANS)