Abrogation of Article 370 a move towards lasting peace in J&K: Amit Shah

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AHMEDABAD: Indian Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the abrogation of Article 370 was a move towards lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir and it was a true tribute by the Narendra Modi government to the security personnel who laid down their lives for the country.

“I believe, true and well-deserved respect to our personnel who have sacrificed their lives in Kashmir was given by revoking Article 370 and Article 35-A from Jammu and Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is a move for lasting peace in the valley,” Shah said at the 27th Raising Day event of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), a specialised wing of the CRPF constituted to deal with riots.

“This step was the need of the hour so as to ensure that there is peace and development in the state and that the blood of our soldiers is not spilled any more. No government could dare for the last 70 years to take a decision that the sacrifices of the soldiers demanded,” he said.

He congratulated the Prime Minister for taking such an “unprecedented and bold decision” and assured the people of Kashmir that growth and development would return to them in an environment of peace now.

He expressed confidence in the ability of the security forces to give a befitting reply to any attempt to disturb peace in Kashmir.

“It is a push for peace so that our personnel do not have to lay down their lives in the Valley but are there to take care of the usual law and order situation. People re-elected the Prime Minister with a big majority and he did the right thing in less than a month,” he added.

He mentioned the supreme sacrifice made by over 34000 soldiers of the Indian police and paramilitary forces to guard the country’s borders and maintain internal security and extended his tributes to the family members of these brave officers and soldiers.