Srinagar, Jan 22: Minority Affairs Ministry Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday visited historic Ganta Ghar in Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, Srinagar, amid unprecedented security and interacted very briefly with the shopkeepers.
Mr Naqvi, who is on a two-day visit to Srinagar, said the Centre is committed to overall development of the people of J&K.
This is the first visit of a Union Minister to the valley after abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A, besides bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir in two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh.
Meanwhile, unprecedented security arrangement was made for the visit of the Union Minister to Lal Chowk on Wednesday morning. Security forces were deployed in strength in Lal Chowk and adjoining areas to prevent protests and militant attack.
The visit of Mr Naqvi to the nerve centre of the city comes a day after shops and business establishments were closed in Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Gowkadal, Basant Bagh, Kokerbazar, MA road, Abi Guzar and adjoining areas to mark the 30th death anniversary of the 52 civilians killing in alleged security forces firing on protestors.
However, interestingly out of 36 Union Ministers visiting J&K, only five will interact with people in Kashmir valley. (UNI)