Home Minister’s visit: Pro-freedom leaders didn’t call for shutdown, Govt. blocks boulevard road for civilian traffic

Home Minister’s visit: Pro-freedom leaders didn’t call for shutdown, Govt. blocks boulevard road for civilian traffic

 

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Neither factions of the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called for a shutdown on Wednesday

Amit Shah who arrived in the summer capital, in his debut visit as union home minister, chaired several meetings related to security and development projects. He is scheduled to co-chair the unified headquarters meeting with J&K governor Satya Pal Malik tomorrow.

The govt. has blocked the Boulevard Road for civilian traffic as the Minister is scheduled to visit SKICC

Shah is also scheduled to meet the state party leaders, delegations of civil society and Panchayat members besides paying obeisance at the Amarnath Shrine.

At a high-level security meeting, Shah asked all the agencies to continue with their tough approach against militants and rioters. He asked the security chiefs to cover all sensitive and vulnerable areas including infiltration points to obviate all types of risks to the Amarnath pilgrimage.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) a combined group of Geelani, Mirwaiz and JKLF chairman Yasin Malik who is now arrested, had called for a complete shutdown on February 3 against PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the Valley. The joint platform had also called for a strike on September 10, 2017 when the then home minister Rajnath Singh visited Kashmir.

On Wednesday, all the separatist groups remained conspicuous by their silence.

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