There is normalcy in Kashmir, says Army chief

‘Shops are open, people moving around’

Published - September 26, 2019 02:45 am IST - NEW DELHI

Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat. File

Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat. File

There is normalcy in Kashmir and people are moving around on their work, the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, said here on Wednesday.

“Normal life in Jammu and Kashmir has not been affected. People are doing their necessary work, a clear sign that work has not been stopped and people are freely moving around. Those who feel that life has been affected are the ones whose survival depends on terrorism,” he told presspersons after presenting the President’s colours to the 29th and 30th battalions of the Punjab Regiment in Ramgarh.

Army releases videos

Gen. Rawat said brick kilns were functioning normally while trucks were transporting sand. Shops were open. This showed that life was normal in the Valley. The Army had released videos a couple of days ago taken from drones showing apples being harvested and trucks moving with them. Communications have been partly restored in Kashmir, which has seen total blackout since August 5. Landline phones have been restored recently while mobile and Internet remain shut.

(With inputs from PTI)

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