Reports of shops being open as well as increased public transport plying on the roads were received from many other districts of the Valley
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said it was an effort by India to divert the international attention from its “continued violations of human rights” in Kashmir, the Geo news report said.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit on Tuesday threatened Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Naeem Akhtar “not to force people to resume normal work”, reports said.
Authorities have also imposed restrictions on movement and assembly of people in all parts of the Valley, except the Civil Lines area of Srinagar city, a police official said.
The directive was given during an hour-long meeting the Home Minister had with top security officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, besides others.
Meanwhile, protesters held a massive rally in Kulgam district shouting pro-Azadi slogans. Separatist called marches were also held in Qaimoh, Khudwani and Redwani towns.
Without making any reference to separatists including Hurriyat Conference, the statement asked the Central and state governments “to take steps for a dialogue with all stake holders”.
Official sources said the government may consider scaling down security cover provided to the separatist leadership.
“The state and central governments have to take the political dialogue forward now. There will be no solution without a political dialogue. You have to start a political dialogue, an unconditional political with all stakeholders,” Yechury said.
The separatist leaders also lashed out at Mehbooba, alleging that she was playing the “role of obfuscation”.
“They(Pakistan) can write as many letters as they want(to UN), it won’t change the fact that J&K is integral part of India,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
“Today she has gone from that self-righteous moral pedestal to the role of personally directing arrests and using almost three-decade-old cases to send separatist leaders to jail,” he said.
A ban has been declared on all sorts of “private airborne activity” within a radius of one km from any defence/security forces installation in Jammu for a period of 60 days.
“We want to return to Kashmir but when there is a mutual agreement. When we can mutually decide what is in our best interests, then comes the government’s involvement,” said Kashmiri Pandit Sanjay Reshi.
State Education Minister and the PDP-BJP government’s spokesperson Nayeem Akthar said the government has not received any formal request from the organisers.