On the first anniversary of abrogation of Article 370, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Kashmir unit unfurled the national flag at the party office and accused those protesting the constitutional changes of being sympathizers of the ISIS.
“We are celebrating the completion of one year of abrogation of Article 370 (provisions) and the positive changes that it brought in Jammu and Kashmir,” BJP leader Altaf Thakur told reporters at the party office in Jawahar Nagar.
Thakur said the abrogation of Article 370 provisions of the Constitution, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, had brought about many positive changes and put an end to stone pelting in Kashmir.
“There used to be stone pelting during encounters that has stopped. There used to be ISIS flag, Pakistani flag…that has stopped. That is what we are celebrating,” he added.
On some political parties in Kashmir observing ‘Black Day’ on August 5, Thakur said they were sympathizers of the ISIS.
“Those who are in love with black are sympathizers of ISIS…. They should think what they are supporting,” he said.
Thakur said the abrogation of Article 370 last year was “the only operation in the history in which not a single bullet was fired, not a single stone was pelted”.
He said while the separatist stranglehold on Kashmir has been broken after August 5 last year, stalwarts of separatism like Syed Ali Shah Geelani have realized that Pakistan is only fuelling violence.
“It might be late but better late than never that even Geelani has realised that Pakistan is adopting use and throw policy with them. Pakistan is only interested in terrorism in Kashmir,” he added.