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'Not a Single Bullet Fired in J&K Since Abrogation of Special Status': Former Guv Satya Pal Malik

Satya Pal Malik, who was earlier this month sworn-in as the governor of Goa, said he still had a 'hangover' of Kashmir.


Updated:November 28, 2019, 10:23 PM IST
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'Not a Single Bullet Fired in J&K Since Abrogation of Special Status': Former Guv Satya Pal Malik
Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik. (PTI)

Panaji: Satya Pal Malik, the last governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday said no untoward incident has happened there ever since the abrogation of provisions of Article 370.

Malik, who was earlier this month sworn-in as the governor of Goa, said he still had a "hangover" of Kashmir.

He was the last governor of the Jammu and Kashmir state, before the Centre withdrew its special status under Article 370 on August 5 and split it into Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Quoting the song 'Ke aaj hum apni duaon ke asar dekhenge' from the Meena Kumari classic "Pakeezah", he said the last line was relevant for him when he was in Kashmir.

"'Aaj ki raat bachenge to sehar dekhenge'. There were so many dangers... After I reached, panchayat elections were held there after a gap of 17 years. All the parties boycotted, Hurriyat boycotted, terrorists threatened that we'll kill all the candidates.

"You'll be happy to know that 4,000 people were chosen and there was no casualty, not even of a bird. This was an extraordinary event in the history of Kashmir."

Malik was speaking at the closing ceremony of International Film Festival of India.

He claimed that since the abrogation of special status, there has been no casualty in the Valley.

"If there used to be a minor incident, thousands would die. There was unrest in 2010, 50 men died. When the Burhan Wani issue happened, 110 died. Every week, there used to be a casualty. People used to die, people were incited. They used to attack police and stations.

"And today after the abrogation of Article 370, the Indian forces have not fired even a single bullet... A day after its removal, a boy even said to me 'Let me take you to Laal Chowk to have tea'."

Malik said there has been a change in the temperament of the people.

"There was a difference due to the narrative. I publicly offered the youth to leave these weapons and come to my house, have food and convince me how 250 men with arms can defeat a superpower like India and take something away."

The governor asked youths to take care of Kashmir and after that like "a good Muslim when you die, you'll get the other heaven as well".

"It is because of the people's attitudes today that there's not a single casualty over there."

Malik also said that he is proud that no officer of the Kashmir Police took an off on Eid this year.

"I was warned that when 370 will be removed, maybe it's possible the police will revolt. But I'm proud of Kashmir Police that even on the occasion of Eid none of the soldiers asked for an off. Everyone was on duty and they celebrated Eid (while standing) in the lines," he said.

Malik also appealed to the filmmakers to highlight the true picture of India in films which has unemployment, poverty, the condition of farmers and soldiers, and other problems prevalent in the society.

He also asked the film industry to target the rich living in "14-storeyed houses" who don't even have a rupee to donate for charity for soldiers and farmers.

"It will bring about a change. I disagree that films don't have effects. Films influence more than books and other things."

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