The minister also said "precautions" taken in J&K are targeted at a "handful of separatists" who can mislead the people. "It is the job of a responsible government to not allow any misinformation campaign to be run," he said.
Standing at the gates of the guest house, Khanna, a former president of the Amritsar market association and a member of an organisation that had been most vocal in demanding the abrogation of Article 370, said Sofi was “a friend of 29 years” and almost “a family member”.
While his predecessor Manmohan Singh has attended the G-8 summit five times between 2005 and 2009, this will be Modi’s first visit - at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron - to this gathering of major western economies of the world.
The first strategy is to exert pressure on Pakistan to refrain it from indulging in any cross-border infiltration or providing material or financial support to terrorist activities in India, particularly in Kashmir, they said.
With the near total shutdown of communications, officials said they have been finding it hard to get public feedback to the measures, and only when phones and Internet are restored will a picture emerge.
The sources said while panchayat elections held last year were seen as a “success”, it will be a while for the panch and sarpanch to build any sizeable political base. “That’s a few years away. Right now, we need leaders to spread the right message,” another source said.
The Opposition leaders’ decision comes a day after the parties held their first street protest in the capital demanding the release of detained political leaders in J&K, and is an attempt to mount pressure on the government to ease the restrictions.
Amid tight vigil, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday hoisted the national flag in Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir stadium to mark the state’s first Independence Day celebration since the revocation of Article 370 and Article 35A earlier this month.