Srinagar: For the first time since the inception of militancy in Kashmir valley, pro-freedom leaders refrained from giving shutdown call on the visit of Union Home Minister to the valley on Wednesday.
*No faction of pro-freedom leaders called for a shutdown over the two-day visit of Amit Shah. Interestingly, no statement was issued by the factions of Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq or Syed Ali Shah Geelani.*
In the last *thirty years of insurgency in Kashmir,* the resistance leadership has been calling for a shutdown each time a representative from the center visits Kashmir.
*The Joint Resistance Leadership that comprises of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik did not react to Shah’s Kashmir visit either.*
Shah arrived on a two-day maiden visit to Kashmir along with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Special Secretary Internal Security (Ministry of Home Affairs) AP Maheswari and Additional Secretary (MHA) Gyanesh Kumar.
*On Wednesday, he chaired two meetings at the SKICC. He was briefed about security preparations for the yatra, counter-insurgency operations and overall law and order situation in Kashmir at the security meeting.*
Meanwhile, today Shah visited the residence of *slain police officer Arshad Khan.*