Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the situation is normal in Kashmir and slammed "anti-nationals" for creating disturbance in the Valley. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi slammed separatist leaders for spreading rumours about situation in Kashmir. The Union minister told India Today TV that the situation is under control in Kashmir. Restrictions were eased in parts of Kashmir on Saturday

BJP leader and Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said the situation is under control in Kashmir and urged people to not trust anti-nationals and separatist who have been trying to create disturbance in the Valley.

He went on to say that "anti-national elements" will not get to decide whether the scrapping of Article 370 was Constitutional or not. People are happy on the ground, I can vouch for that, Naqvi said.

Meanwhile, restrictions were eased in several parts of Kashmir on Saturday a day after strict curbs were imposed on the movement of people in view of Friday congregational prayers, reported news agency PTI.

According to the report quoting officials, restrictions have been lifted from most areas of the Valley on Saturday.

They said barricades have been removed from the roads in most areas of Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley to allow movement of people.

However, deployment of security forces continued on the ground to maintain law and order, added the officials.

On Friday, amid strict restrictions, only ambulances and people in emergency services were allowed to move. The officials said that the situation in the Valley remained peaceful on Friday as well and no untoward incident has been reported.

But normal life continues to be affected for the 28th day in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

While a majority of markets continued to remain shut, public transport was off the roads, according to an official who added that schools, too, were closed.

Officials also said that landline telephone services have been restored in most places across the Valley in view of the improving situation, though the services continued to remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave.

Mobile services and internet remained snapped in Kashmir since August 5 after the Centre announced its decision to scrap Article 370 and reorganised the state into two Union territories- J&K and Ladakh.