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Kashmir has seen real democracy, empowerment post scrapping of Article 370: S Jaishankar Kashmir | Art 370
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Kashmir has seen real democracy, empowerment post scrapping of Article 370: S Jaishankar

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 Aug 2021, 06:52 pm

New Delhi/UNI: Marking two years of the abrogation of Article 370 and the changed status of Jammu and Kashmir, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said the newly-formed Union Territory has seen “real Democracy, Development, Good Governance and Empowerment” in the last two years, that has helped to strengthen India’s unity and integrity.

With the hashtag NewJammuKashmir, Jaishankar tweeted, "Jammu and Kashmir has seen real Democracy, Development, Good Governance and Empowerment in the last two years. As a result, India's unity and integrity has been immeasurably strengthened."

Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi said the "historic" move to abrogate Article 370 on Aug 5, 2019, has brought an era of peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir.

"On this day two years ago, Article 370 was abrogated. The historic move has brought an era of peace and development in Jammu & Kashmir. Under the leadership of @narendramodi ji and @amitshah ji we bear witness to the formation of #NewJammuKashmir,” she posted on Twitter.

On Aug 5, 2019, Articles 370 and 35(A) that gave the erstwhile state its special status were abrogated, and Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories - of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

The statement by the External Affairs Minister and the Minister of State comes even as Pakistan is trying to drum up support against India over the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan has invited a team of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to visit Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.