India

No solution of problem seems to be in sight in near future

Shubham sharma
[ June 17, 2017 ] As the situation in Kashmir slips further and further out of the government’s control, a new challenge is emerging like midnight knocks by gunmen on the doors of political workers and policemen, followed by open threats and warnings to their families. Wary of the situation, the police on April 16 issued an advisory asking its field personnel, particularly those from south Kashmir, to avoid visiting home for the next “few months”. The war of words between the police and militants actually started in August last year, when posters surfaced at many places in south Kashmir asking local the police to stop “troubling” those taking part in the protests. Later in December, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Rashid, the successor of Burhan Wani who was killed in July 2106, warned family members of policemen of dire consequences if police “continue to harass relatives of militants”. Militants barging into the houses of policemen aren’t something new. “The statistics show that there have been scenarios where police houses have been attacked. It isn’t happening for the first time. But it is not only families of J&K policemen who are being harassed. Even political workers in south Kashmir are being threatened and told to give up their affiliations or face consequences. Many video clips have already gone viral on social networking sites wherein political workers are seen tendering an apology and announcing that they quit mainstream politics at gun point. In one such clip, a nervous-looking trade union leader and a political worker announce that they are no longer associated with any political party. “Today, the situation is not such that we can be part of any organisation,” one of them says. However, due to persistent efforts of the security forces Jammu and Kashmir Police, the situation has shown remarkable improvement, with the number of incidents declining progressively since the outbreak of violent protests and clashes. Inimical and anti-social elements exploited the news on social media platforms to inflame passions and incite sentiments. Public address systems of some of the local mosques were used to rise to pro-freedom slogans and incite the youth to indulge in stone pelting/protests.With spree of terrorist attack in valley and in keeping with the sentiments of parents of martyred security personals there is an urgent need to readdress the policy to tackle insurgency in Kashmir valley. On the other hand the working of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is also questionable, along with all other intelligence agencies. It is surprising to know that despite having man power and best technical gadgets, why there is no clue of the whereabouts of the terrorists viz from where they are operating , who is sheltering them? How they are successfully operating at their will? Moreover, how long the government will present unaware of the real trouble makers those are well – known not only in state but also in the country. There is no doubt that Army is doing its best , but it is not getting any cooperation from intelligence agencies to target the army specifically and this is perhaps the reason why there is more causalities of security forces than the terrorists. In wake of the coming Amar Nath yatra there should be full proof security arrangements to ensure the Lord Shiva devotees that the yatra will be safe and if it contains the way it is going on right now, it will not only send a bad signal throughout the country but it will be a morale booster for anti – national elements, who in the past have openly challenged the sovereignty if this country. Pro-Pakistan forces had overtaken the valley and in a way, there was a collapse of the administration and the terrorists wanted them to quit the valley. The militants had resorted to extortion and kidnapping for monetary gains and political motives. During the past years, the terrorism in Kashmir has undergone a major change. The methodology of the militants has now been drastically altered. Instead of using the local militants, militants from Pakistan are being more and more used in terrorist activities in the state. The position at the present is that the armies of the two countries still confront each other along the cease-fire line. While Pakistan continues to demand Kashmir, India declares that the only problem is that the aggressor should be asked to vacate. Both countries are spending huge amount over their armies in Kashmir. No solution of the problem seems to be in sight in the near future. The relations of the two countries continue to be bitter and hostile. Even the crushing defeat suffered by Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistan war of Dec. 1971, has fail to make that country see reason. Efforts were made through the Shimla Agreement to normalize relation with Pakistan, but not too much avail. In more recent times, there has been considerable deterioration in the situation in Kashmir. The Pakistan trained subversives have infiltrated into the valley in large numbers. One slogan, “Independent Kashmir” has been used to misguide the people. Pakistan has tried its best to politicize the problem and win international support for its point of view. It seems that the two countries were on the very brink of war. However, good sense prevailed and the danger of war receded. But violence still continues, life in the state is still insecure and thousands have migrated from the valley into Jammu, Delhi and other parts of the country. Kashmir problem is the most serious problem that India faces today.