For the first time in 30 years, no shutdown during Union Home Minister’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir

In a first in more than 30 years, no shutdown was observed in Jammu and Kashmir during the visit of an Union Home Minister. 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 Union Home Minister will be chairing meetings with members of the civil society, Panchayat members, and local party leaders. He will also visit the Amarnathji shrine.

Interestingly, neither factions of the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called for a shutdown on Wednesday. None of the separatists issued any statements either. Over the last three decades, separatist groups have been notorious for shutting down the valley each time a representative of the Central government visits.

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