On the first Independence Day function in Jammu & Kashmir after the removal of Article 370 and the division of the state into two Union Territories, governor Satya Pal Malik sought to reassure people that these steps wouldn’t tamper the identity of the region.
The J&K Reorganisation Act, Malik said, has put the state on the path of development and prosperity.
“Nobody should be worried that these steps (removal of Article 370) would threaten their identity,” he told a gathering of mostly officials and non-locals at SK Stadium in Sonwar area of Srinagar on Thursday. “In fact, regional identity would be promoted especially languages like Kashmiri, Dogri, Sheena, Balti, Pahari and others.”
The administration had imposed stricter restriction across the valley on Thursday, especially during the time of ceremonies held in Srinagar and other district headquarters, even as the communication blockade continued for the 11th day. National security advisor Ajit Doval, who has been visiting various areas in the Valley since August 5, was present at the SK Stadium function.
The administration had invited ex-CMs Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and MP Farooq Abdullah, currently in detention, for the function. However, the police didn’t allow them to attend the event, as per people in the know.
Source: Economic Times