KASHMIR … Curbs to be eased after August 15, says Governor Malik

SRINAGAR: Governor Satyapal Malik has said the restrictions imposed on the state in the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370 would be eased after August 15, Independence Day. “Everything will be alright in a week or 10 days,” he said while stressing that the situation in the state remained fully under control even on Eid day.

Malik said Rahul Gandhi was no more welcome to Jammu and Kashmir as long as restrictions remained. On Monday, the governor had said the Wayanad MP was welcome to visit the state if he so desired to assure for himself that the rumours of disturbances in the Valley which he “heard about” were wrong. “That invitation now stands withdrawn, as Rahul Gandhi is putting conditions like he would come with a delegation of opposition leaders, would want to meet detained leaders, soldiers etc,” the governor said.

The governor was quoted by The Times of India as saying talks about Amit Shah coming to Srinagar to unfurl national tricolour on Independence Day were also baseless. There were also rumours a week ago that Prime Minister Modi wanted to give his Independence Day address from Srinagar, and unfurl the national flag there for the first time in the history of Independent India. –IHN-NN

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