For the first time in 30 years, when a Home Minister visited Jammu and Kashmir, the separatists did not call for a shutdown. While this was seen as a victory for the Centre's policy of zero-tolerance for terror and the crackdown on terror-funding, some in the Opposition begged to differ.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted challenging the claims of peace in Kashmir. He questioned it saying that if indeed there is peace in Kashmir, why were extensive arrangements made in the state ahead of the Home Minister Amit Shah's visit.
For the first time in 30 years, there is no call for a bandh in Jammu and Kashmir amid the visit by the Home Minister to the state.
As Home Minister Amit Shah visited the state to hold high-level security meeting, it appears that separatists are spooked by the Centre as they have not called for a shutdown in the state, which had typically been the case for the last 30 years.
More so, even before Shah reached the state, separatist group Hurriyat Conference had already begun begging for talks. However, owing to the tough stand taken by the party leadership in the Central government on Kashmir which says that there won't be any talks until violence continues in the state, the Centre did not give in. The Jammu and Kashmir BJP also had made its stand clear on the matter saying that that the separatists are paid by Pakistan and cannot be they won't be trusted.