State

Hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny deserve no mercy

gy correspondent Jammu apr 29
[ April 29, 2017 ] What we should not treat as a joke is the nature of the challenge confronting us in J&K. While we can surely try hard to win hearts and minds through various confidence-building measures in the Valley, but here’s the truth which is only when you win the war against terrorism decisively that the hearts-and-minds part of the operation can attempt reconciliation. The reason is simple as long as terrorists hold sway; the moderates will also toe the line of separatism. Terrorism first silences the moderates. They won’t speak up till they feel secure, and they won’t feel secure till the extremists are seen to be defeated. This is not a short-term war. It can go on for decades, for the will of Pakistan to keep insurgency going is strong. We have to produce stronger will to defeat its machinations. It is only when Pakistan is defeated and demoralised that we can win the war in Kashmir. So the last thing we need is a weak-kneed response to the aftermath of Wani’s killing. We now have to go after the other 60-70 terrorists whom Wani managed to entice under his banner. While this does not mean talks with the Hurriyat should be abandoned altogether, we have to be clear about their purpose, we talk to prove our sincerity, but not to make any material concessions on the assumption that there will be some give from the other side when they take what is on offer from us. Jihadis use every concession as evidence that they are winning the war, and will temporarily talk peace only to regroup and regain strength.India got its independence on 15, August, 1947 and ever since Kashmir acceded to India in 1947 the issue has remained a spine in the side of India. Once again, Jammu and Kashmir is facing stone-throwing youths against armed police officers and security forces. The unrest is a major setback for peace in the long-troubled region claimed by both India and Pakistan, where an insurgency movement peaked in the 1990s, then waned, but never completely disappeared. Before this the centre and states political leadership was failed to tackle the situation , obviously Mehbooba Mufti is also not capable of handling the situation but the central leadership is in great mood to tackle the situation this time. The Centre told the Supreme Court that there would be no talks with separatist elements or those raising the issues of "accession or azadi" in the Kashmir Valley. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the SC that, “A dialogue to restore normalcy was possible only with the legally recognized stakeholders.”Supreme Court was also is in the favor of Rohatgi’s view and said that "all those whom the law does not prevent, can meet and come out with suggestions, as the situation is not very palpable". The government would come to the negotiation table only if the legally recognized stakeholders participate in the dialogue and not with the separatist elements that make up the issue of accession or azadi in Kashmir. Asking leaders of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, to come forward with "positive suggestions" to diffuse the situation, Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said, "If you suggest something within the framework of the Constitution, we will assure you there will be a dialogue.”The apex court also took exception to the stand of the bar that it cannot vouch for all stakeholders and could only speak on behalf of lawyers by telling it that "you cannot take such a stand when you have come here". Making it clear that it will not talk to separatists or those demanding "azadi", the Centre said it will only talk to people who are legally permitted to speak on behalf of the people. Pointing to the road map for the talks, the Attorney General said there must be rule of law in the state, where a separatist campaign raging since 1989 has left thousands dead. Supreme Court it was exploring a crowd control option that is akin to rubber bullets but not as lethal as pellet guns which were being used as a last resort to quell the violence. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court had on September 22 rejected the plea seeking a ban on the use of pellet guns on the ground that the Centre had already constituted a Committee of Experts through its memorandum of July 26, 2016, for exploring alternatives to pellet guns.