SRINAGAR – Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday said the team of Central ministers were in Jammu and Kashmir to spread positivity among the people and to create a “strong environment of change”.
A group of central ministers are on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir to spread awareness about the positive impact of abrogation of Article 370 provisions and development measures taken by the government for the region.
The people have a lot of confidence, there is a positive atmosphere and we are here to go to the people and spread this positivity among other people too by communicating with them. We are working to create a strong environment of change, Naqvi told reporters here.
The Union minister visited a vendors’ market in Lal Chowk city centre the commercial hub of Srinagar.
The Union minister was flanked by Farooq Khan, advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu.
Naqvi also visited the Mecca Market and interacted with vendors and assured them of redressal of their problems.
Earlier, authorities had sealed the road from Regal Chowk to the Clock Tower in Lal Chowk for Naqvi’s visit.
All traffic was diverted to other roads, causing inconvenience to the people.
Normalcy Acrobatics In Full Swing: Mehbooba Mufti
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday termed the visit of Union ministers to Kashmir “curated photo” opportunity to show there is normalcy in the region, even though there is “internet shutdown” in the valley.
“Normalcy acrobatics in full swing. Kashmir continues to reel under a crippling internet shutdown & political leaders remain detained. There is massive surveillance & heavy troop presence yet curated photo ops continue,” a tweet on Mehbooba Mufti’s Twitter handle reads.
Mehbooba’s daughter Iltija Mufti has been operating her mother’s Twitter handle since August 5 when the PDP president was placed under detention in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 provisions.
She was commenting on Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s visit to Lal Chowk earlier in the day.
Internet services in most of Kashmir are still suspended while several mainstream politicians including Mehbooba, Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah continue to be in detention.