New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday met the delegation from Jammu and Kashmir’s Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari at the Ministry of Home Affairs and assured them that the Central government will take all steps for the overall development of the Union Territory. Also Read - Former PDP Leader Altaf Bukhari Launches His Political Outfit 'Apni Party', Vows to Preserve Dignity of People of J&K
According to a statement from the MHA, Home Minister Amit Shah during the meeting assured them that the NDA Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take all steps for the overall development of Jammu and Kashmir. He also expressed confidence that changes will be seen on the ground in the next three to four months. Also Read - PDP expels senior leader Altaf Bukhari for 'anti-party activities'
During the meeting, Home Secretary AK Bhalla and other senior officers were present. In the meeting, Home Minister Shah said that Article 370 was revoked in India’s interest, as the region is a border area.
Home Minister Shah emphasised that there is no intention of the government for demographic change in the region. He also said that the Central government will work with all sections of the society to realise the hopes of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir at an early opportunity.
On the other hand, Altaf Bukhari said Shah has assured them that the political detainees in Jammu and Kashmir will be released soon.
“We discussed with Home Minister Amit Shah the issue of release of political detainees in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the detainees will be released very soon,” Bukhari said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also assured the delegation of the Apni Party that th Central government will work towards giving statehood to Jammu and Kashmir at earliest.
“Prime Minister engaged with the delegation on various issues like concerns on demographic changes, delimitation exercise, and grant of state domicile. Referring to his statement in Parliament, Prime Minister underlined that the Government will work with all sections of the population to realize the hopes of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir at an early opportunity,” a release from the PMO stated.
A former PDP leader, Bukhari launched his political party on March 8. The meeting with PM Modi and Home Minister comes two days after the Centre released the National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah.