Srinagar, August 15: Amid the ongoing tensions in Kashmir Valley over the abrogation of Article 370 by the Centre, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik unfurled the national flag at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar, where the official Independence Day 2019 celebrations have been organised by the state administration.
Cultural performances were also held at the stadium as part of I-Day celebrations. Performers from Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh were convened at the historic stadium to showcase their art and culture on the auspicious occasion. PM Modi Stresses on Gains Through Article 370 Repeal in Kashmir in I-Day Address: Highlights
The Governor, who has been accused by the state's mainstream politicians of keeping people in the dark by dismissing speculations of J&K's special status revocation as "rumours" till it was finally revoked, attempted to assuage their concerns.
Malik said he wants to promise the people of Jammu & Kashmir that their identity and status would never be abrogated, despite the revocation of Article 370.
"I assure the people of Jammu & Kashmir that their identity is not on the line, it hasn't been tampered with. The constitution of India allows different regional identities to flourish," he said.
The decisive move taken by the Centre, Malik added, are only aimed at expediting the pace of development in the region and provide employment opportunities for the locals.
"The changes that the Central Government has brought are not only historic but also open a new door for the development of the people of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh," the Governor said.
Meanwhile, internet and phone lines - both mobile and broadband - continue to remain clamped down in Kashmir Valley due to security concerns. The restrictions, however, have been completely lifted in Jammu.