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See photos: J&K celebrates first Independence Day after abrogation of Article 370

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.

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Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday hoisted the national flag in Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir stadium on Thursday. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

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The Governor also inspected the parade of para-military forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

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The Governor also said that the government has a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism and sustained efforts by armed forces have ensured that terrorists have accepted their defeat. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

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“Terrorists have accepted defeat after sustained action from armed forces. Stone-pelting incidents and recruitment in terror outfits have come down. My government is committed to the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley,” Malik said. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

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This year, no school contingents took part in the Independence Day parade or the cultural programme that followed it. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

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Local tribes which did not have political representation will now get it under the new system, Malik said. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

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Restrictions were put in place in the wake of the abrogation of the special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

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A group of enthusiastic people visiting Kashmir shouted "Vande Matram" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai". (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

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Unprecedented security arrangements were made in the city. All roads leading to the stadium were sealed but people with special passes were allowed to proceed to the venue. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

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The function was also attended by National Security Advisory Ajit Doval. (Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)