Days after NSA Ajit Doval visited Jammu and Kashmir and reviewed the security situation in the valley, army chief Bipin Rawat is scheduled to visit Srinagar on August 30. This is the first visit of the army chief after abrogation of Article 370, and he will review the security situation in the valley. Along with the security functionaries continuously visiting the valley to speed up process of normalcy, the Central government is sending teams from various department. The teams are tasked to find out the projects appropriate and the government schemes that are not implemented in the valley. After NSA Ajit Doval interacted with the locals in the valley including celebrating Eid with the forces, Army Chief's visit is a major visit in the valley as far as security front is concerned. Meanwhile, defence minister Rajnath Singh visited Leh on Thursday.
On August 5, India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Parliament also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to India's decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution is its internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. As a preventive measure, Centre also placed leaders in Kashmir - Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti into detention, and ordered communication backout and curfew was imposed. However after a week, several communication facilities were resumed. 23 days after the abrogation, Centre claims that situtaion is normal, however some restrictions in the valley are still in place.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday held press briefing alleging atrocities against Kashmiris, issuing several statements on Kashmir including a bizarre move to declare himself as Kashmir's ambassador. He said that escalating matter with India is only going to increase the threat of a nuclear war. "If the (Kashmir) conflict moves towards war then remember both nations have nuclear weapons and no one is a winner in a nuclear war. It will have global ramifications," he said. "The superpowers of the world have a huge responsibility...whether they support us or not, Pakistan will do everything possible," Imran Khan added. The Pakistan PM said that the time had come for the country to be decisive on the Kashmir issue. He had also asked the people of Pakistan to stand up for Kashmir 'in solidarity', literally, every Friday between 12 to 12:30. "We should give Kashmiri people a message that we are with them. This Friday, from 12 to 12:30, you must stop work and stand with the public to tell the people that we are with Kashmiri people."