Home Minister Amit Shah (Source: RSTV)
Home Minister Amit Shah (Source: RSTV)

Article 370 was biggest obstacle in ending terrorism in J-K: Shah

ANI | Updated: Aug 05, 2019 19:57 IST

New Delhi (India), Aug 5 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said Article 370 was the biggest obstacle in ending terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, and its abrogation will open up the path of development in the state.
Replying to a debate on resolutions for repealing Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh - Shah urged people to give the Narendra Modi government five years without Article 370 and compare it with the situation that prevailed during the 70 years under Article 370.
He also said Kashmir is the "crown" of India and would remain a "heaven" while claiming that the Modi government would take the state on a new path of development.
"Terrorism began in Jammu and Kashmir and reached its peak. Now we are on the path to eliminating it. The youth of Kashmir were misguided due to Article 370 and 35-A. Pakistan took advantage of it. Can we leave these youth on the mercy of separatists, who throw them into terrorism and sends their children to foreign countries for studies," he said.
Shah said those who want the continuation of Article 370 made money and were befooling the youth of the Kashmir.
"We want to embrace the youth of Jammu and Kashmir and give them flourishing opportunities for employment. Even a separate bill for reservation for economically backward classes would not be required if the resolution is passed in both houses as the provision will get automatically applied to Jammu and Kashmir, as in rest of India," he said.
Shah went on to say that it has been a stated policy of Pakistan to support Article 370 and keep the youth away from getting into the mainstream of development and brainwash them into jihad.
"All the political parties with separatist ideology have vested interests to continue Article 370. Their children do not get killed in the bloodshed caused due to terrorism," he said.
Rebutting the apprehension that removing Article 370 would destroy Kashmiri culture, Shah said that all states have preserved their culture and language after becoming a part of the Union of India.
"It is only and only political propaganda that has blinded the youth of Kashmir into believing it for 70 years. I assure the youth of Jammu and Kashmir that give this government five years and it will become the most progressive region in the country," Shah said.
He also said that post the repeal of Article 370, doors to private investment would be opened, which would, in turn, increase the potential for development there.
"Increased investments would lead to increased job creation and further betterment of socio-economic infrastructure in the state. Opening of buying of lands would bring in investments from private individuals and multinational companies and give a boost to the local economy, as opposed to the apprehensions raised by those opposing this historic step," he said.
Remembering the civilians and soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during 1989-2018, Shah said had Article 370 not been there, these people wouldn't have lost their lives.
"Refugees who came from Pakistan after partition did not get citizenship till now. They cannot become councillors in the state. This has been a historical injustice to these people. As opposed to this, in rest of India, two Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and I K Gujral were elected from those refugees," he said. (ANI)