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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 2.57 AM IST

Nehru approaching UN on Jammu and Kashmir was Himalayan blunder: Amit Shah

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NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said there are no restrictions in the Kashmir Valley now and the entire world has supported the move to abrogate the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Shah asserted that Jammu and Kashmir will be the most developed region in the country in the next 10 years because of the bold step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5.

The home minister faulted the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for approaching the United Nations in 1948 on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir "In 1948, India went to United Nations. That was a Himalayan blunder. It is more than a Himalayan blunder," he said at an event organized by Samkalp, Former Civil Servants Forum at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) here. Shah said that there were 631 princely states when India attained independence in 1947 and 630 of them were handled by the then Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and one by Nehru. "The 630 princely states were merged with the Union of India completely but Jammu and Kashmir remained an issue since 1947," he said. The home minister said on October 27, 1947, the Indian Army had reached Kashmir and defeated Pakistani attackers. It was marching towards PoK and they were on the verge of victory. "But suddenly the then government announced ceasefire. What was the need for announcing the ceasefire when we were about to win the war? Had the ceasefire not declared, PoK would have been part of India now," he said.

The home minister said 41,800 people have lost their lives in the decades-old militancy in Jammu and Kashmir but no one raised the issue of human rights violation of jawans, their widows or the children who were orphaned. "Even Nehru, when he realized the mistakes, kept ( former chief minister) Sheikh Abdullah in jail for 11 years. Now, it has not been even two months but people have talked so much," he added.

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