Kashmir restrictions eased: Ajit Doval

Kashmir restrictions eased: Ajit Doval

Agency News

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval has claimed on Saturday that only 10 of the 199 police districts in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh is under prohibitory orders, according to an agency report.

Ajit Doval was also quoted by agencies to have said that land-line telephones have been restored 100 per cent in all three areas of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval on Saturday rejected suggestions of widespread opposition to abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and said the majority in the militancy hit region saw the removal of the special status as an opportunity for fast-paced development and jobs, according to agency reports. Doval also said the contentious provision of the Constitution (Article 370) had only helped Pakistan foment trouble across the LoC along with J&K politicians, who made a fortune from it.

“I am fully convinced that a majority of Kashmiris totally support the abrogation of Article 370. Article 370 was not a special status but special discrimination. With its abrogation we have brought Kashmiris on par with Indians.” news agency ANI quoted Doval.

The NSA argued that people in Jammu and Kashmir will now benefit from about 106 laws, including the one guaranteeing, the Right to Education.

“There were many laws for modern and upcoming societies which were denied to people of J&K, right to education,right to property were denied, 106 such laws were taking protection of article 370 before August 5,” ANI quoted Doval as saying.

The NSA downplayed the protests against the Article’s repeal as the voice of a “vocal minority”. “There is a vocal minority that opposes it. It appears to people that it is the voice of the people. That is not necessarily true,” Ajit Doval was quoted by PTI as saying.

Doval is also said to have rubbished the alleged atrocities by the armed forces and said that the Army was fighting terrorists in the region and was not responsible for law and order duties which were being handled by the J&K police and central paramilitary forces.

“Indian army is there to fight terrorists,” said Doval, according to PTI.