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India says Jammu and Kashmir to get full statehood after normalcy restored

Muslim-majority area lost statehood following India's annulment of Article 370 in 2019

Shuriah Niazi   | 28.07.2021
India says Jammu and Kashmir to get full statehood after normalcy restored File Photo - An Indian solider walks on the main road after strict restrictions were imposed in Srinagar,Kashmir on May 12, 2021. A day after Kashmir witnessed a huge rush of people ahead of Eid festival the Jammu and Kashmir authorities imposed strict curfew to stop further spread of COVID-19. ( Faisal Khan - Anadolu Agency )

NEW DELHI

India Wednesday said full statehood will be granted to Jammu and Kashmir at an "appropriate time" after normalcy is restored.

In a written statement, Home Minister Nityanand Rai informed the Indian parliament Wednesday that the decision about full statehood to be given to Jammu and Kashmir will be taken at an appropriate time.

On Aug. 5, 2019, the Indian government revoked Article 370 and other related provisions from its constitution, scrapping the autonomy of the country’s only Muslim-majority state. It was also split into two federally administered territories.

In a separate reply, the minister said ''terrorism'' incidents in Jammu and Kashmir were reduced during 2020 by 59% as compared to 2019, and by 32% up to June this year.

Rai also said: “The government has adopted a policy of zero-tolerance towards terrorism and has taken various measures such as strengthening the security apparatus, strict enforcement of law against anti-national elements, and intensified cordon and search operations to effectively deal with the challenges posed by terrorist organizations.”

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