Srinagar: Private vehicle ply at Nowhatta Chowk outside Jamia Masjid, where Friday prayers are not allowed since August 5 when Article 370A was abrogate, in Srinagar, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI10_11_2019_000152A)

J&K Govt ad urges people to shed fear as Valley works out its own open-and-shutdown schedule

More than two months after the lockdown over the Centre’s J&K move, the state administration came out with full-page advertisements in local dailies Friday, urging people not to “succumb to militants” and resume normal activities so that they can “take informed decisions on what is best for us”. Referring to “closed shops, no public transport” and asking “who benefits… why fear” when “this is our home” and “it is for us to think of its well-being and prosperity”, the advertisement stated: “Are we going to succumb to militants? Think!!! For over 70 years now, the people of J&K have been misled. They have been victims of a vicious campaign and motivated propaganda that has kept them trapped in an endless cycle of terrorism, violence, destruction and poverty.”

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