Asserting that the identity and culture of people of Jammu and Kashmir will be preserved, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said restrictions after the abrogation of Article 370 were necessary to prevent any civilian causalities.
The Internet is a handy tool for anti-national elements and the restoration of connections will be deferred for some more time, Malik said while addressing first press conference after the state’s special status was revoked on August 5. He admitted that pellet guns were used by security personnel during protests in the Kashmir Valley and said forces took utmost precaution taken to prevent injuries. The governor told reporters that 50,000 jobs will be available in the next three months. This will be the largest recruitment drive in the state, he said.
The Centre, he said, will soon make a ‘big’ announcement on Jammu and Kashmir. “Don’t be sad about detention of political leaders, it will help them in their political careers.” he told reporters.
HIGHLIGHTS OF SATYA PAL MALIK'S PRESS CONFERENCE:
5.53 pm: We will restore normalcy in this region. We will deepen democracy and make it vibrant. The preparations for block elections have begun: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik
5.50: “I don’t want to comment on Rahul Gandhi as he behaved like a political juvenile”: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik
5.44 pm: Telephone lines opened, will have to wait for internet longer: J&K Guv.
5.43 pm: We want to assure that we will safeguard J&K heritage, says J&K governor Satya Pal Malik.
5.42 pm: Our objective is to work maximum for the people so that in the long term people realise that it was indeed done for their benefit: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik.
5.40 pm: We will give 50,000 jobs to the people of Kashmir in a few months, it is a single largest employment drive: J&K Governor Satyapal Malik
5.38 pm: ''We are not hiding any information. We are reporting every pellet injury. No civilian life lost so far. Teams from Centre meeting me everyday'': J&K governor Satya Pal Malik
5.36 pm: We are opening mobile phone connectivity in Kupwara and Handwara districts (of Kashmir), soon we will open connectivity in other districts as well: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik.
5.34 pm: “J&K and Ladakh will see so much of development in the coming days that people in Pak-occupied Kashmir will also start asking for same kind of development”: Satya Pal Malik, Jammu and Kashmir Governor
5.32 pm: ''Our aim is to work for the welfare of the people. We don't want lives lost in Kashmir'': Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik.
5.30 pm: J&K Governor Satyapal Malik: Every Kashmiri life is valuable to us, we don't loss of even a single life. There has been no civilian casualty, only the few who got violent are injured,they also have below the waist injuries.