Pakistan may have been crying hoarse about India withdrawing J&K’s Special status, sayingc the people of the state won’t accept the “unilateral” decision, but the residents of Kashmir largely seem to be supportive of the government’s decision. And the Valley remains calm, with no major untoward incident reported.
A day after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who is in the Valley, reviewed the security situation with the senior officials in Srinagar, he visited Shopian, the hotbed of militancy in south Kashmir, met common people and the security forces as well.
Seeking to allay any fear and misconception among the local population about the fallout of the Centre’s decision, Doval informed them that the move was meant to integrate Kashmiris better with the national mainstream and ensure that the fruits of development reach them faster and better. Having lunch with a group of locals on the street and enquiring about their problems, the NSA assured them that all will be fine and that there was nothing to panic.
Shopian, along with other parts of the Valley, had seen massive protests in the aftermath of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing in 2016. But today, things are largely peaceful.
Although restrictions are in place to counter mischief mongers, the NSA has instructed the administration that the common man should not face hardships. We want peace and development here so that the region flourishes, he told a group of people in Shopian, adding that the Centre stands with the people of J&K.