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Amit Shah meets Kashmiri Pandits, attacks ‘3 Families’ and takes stock of security situation in J&K

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is on a three day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He met Kashmiri Pandits and assured them of security. Shah also attacked ‘3 families’ which ruled the erstwhile state and launched several developmental projects along with taking stock of the security situation. 

Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah, who is on a three day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, met the families of civilians and soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir who were killed by terrorists in a series of targeted killings in October. As many as 11 civilians, a majority of whom belonged to other states, have been killed this month. Shah also met the family of slain Jammu and Kashmir Police inspector Parvez Ahmad, who was killed by terrorists in June this year. The Union Home Minister said that the entire country is proud of Ahmad's bravery and offered a government job to the policeman's wife.

Chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said the Union home minister's visit to the Valley is to give confidence to people that security forces and the state administration are with them. “We will not allow this to be perpetrated and that we will bring the situation under control,” Rawat added. Shah, On his second day (Sunday), met a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits. The delegation demanded the construction of two-bedroom quarters for the migrant employees from the community recruited under the Prime Minister's special recruitment programme in the Kashmir valley, besides security and insurance coverage for them. They also demanded the constitution of an apex committee and a welfare board for the displaced people. The Union Home Minister also met delegations of the Gujjar-Bakarwal and Pahadi communities.

Addressing the rally in Bhagwati Nagar area, the home minister said no one will now be able to create any hurdle in the development of Jammu and Kashmir. He said ? 12,000 crore worth of investment has already come to the union territory and the government aims at a total of ? 51,000 crore by the end of 2022. If the youth join the development of Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists will fail in their sinister design, he asserted. Attacking the Gandhi, Abdullah and Mufti family, without taking their names, Amit Shah also said dadagiri (bullying) of three families has ended and any grassroots representative could aim to become a Union minister or even a Chief Minister of the Union Territory (UT). He said when the Centre introduced new industrial policy, the three families, which exploited J&K, used to mock who would come here.

Lauding the Prime Minister’s decision to Abrogate Article 370, it was “a historic decision by the PM”. “Earlier people did not have the right to buy land, refugees did not have rights, people did not get a reservation. But, now no one has to fear, because all the rights under the Indian Constitution are available to everyone,” he added. He said the fresh investment will help create five lakh new jobs. “So far, land has been allotted for an investment of ?7,000 crore in Jammu and ?5,000 crore in Kashmir. It’s the magic of Modi ji,” he added.

He, on Sunday, also met BSF personnel at Makhwal’s Border Outpost and lauded their efforts in safeguarding the country’s border. Shah also visited ‘Digiyana Ashram’ Gurudwara which can be seen as a confidence-building measure in the minorities. The Union Home Minister also inaugurated several developmental projects. Shah also inaugurated IIT Jammu campus and in a major boost for bringing tourism to the state, he launched international flights between Srinagar to Sharjah. Earlier on Saturday, Amit Shah presided over a meeting with CRPF, BSF and other security agencies in the wake of the deteriorating security situation in the valley. 

Shah, on his maiden visit to J&K since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 will address panchayat representatives and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Srinagar on the third and last day of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Monday. He will also meet members of the civil society and attend a Central Reserve Police Force function in Pulwama.

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