Vi­o­lence May Spring Up Again, says J&K Po­lice

‘Syed Ali Gee­lani, Mir­waiz Umer & Yasin Ma­lik a threat to peace’

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The ve­neer of peace in Kash­mir may dis­ap­pear again this spring with an­other blood­ier up­ris­ing, hinted at by sev­eral leg­is­la­tors in the J&K Assem­bly and en­dorsed by an in­ter­nal J&K po­lice re­port.

The J&K po­lice has pre­pared a re­port, warn­ing about the pos­si­bil­ity of a ‘more dan­ger­ous rep­e­ti­tion of 2016’ af­ter March and high­lighted the ‘lack of the pre­pared­ness to han­dle such cri­sis on part of the civil ad­min­is­tra­tion and po­lice’.

Direc­tor Gen­eral of the J&K po­lice SP Vaid con­firmed that there were re­ports of ‘pos­si­ble un­rest af­ter March’ but main­tained that po­lice was ready to han­dle any ‘law and or­der’ sit­u­a­tion, adding that Hur­riyat lead­ers who lead such ag­i­ta­tion­swere­tobe‘squarely­blamed’ for the con­se­quences. The ru­mour that ‘ some­thing might hap­pen in March’ has once again gained cur­rency in Kash­mir, aswasthe­case­lastyear,when­draw­ing room dis­cus­sions and mar­ket buzz pointed to some­thing might hap­pen af­ter Eid in July, when Hizbul-Mu­jahideen­com­man­derBurhan Wani along with two of his col­leagues were killed in an en­counter. The killings trig­gered five-month long protests, dur­ing which more than95­civil­ian­swerekilled,around 13,000 in­jured, in­clud­ing more than 1200who­sus­tainedeyein­juries,and nearly 12000 were de­tained.

The re­port sub­mit­ted to the chief min­is­ter’s office in Jan­uary sees joint Hur­riyat leadership of Syed Ali Gee­lani, Mir­waiz Umer and Yasin Ma­lik as a ‘threat to peace’ and their ‘uni­fi­ca­tion on Pak­istan’s in­sis­tence a trou­ble’. “The mass con­tact pro­gramme of Hur­riyat lead­ers and their meet­ings with their small con­stituents are a mat­ter of con­cern. And by reach­ing out to vic­tims of the 2016 un­rest, they are reach­ing out to the com­mon man and thus pre­par­ing the ground for an­other un­rest,” the re­port said.

The re­port also talks of ‘lack of de­vel­op­ment on ground, which fur­ther angers the com­mon man’ while re­fer­ring to a sep­a­rate dossier on drudg­ing of river Jehlum af­ter the 2014 floods, promised by the gov­ern­ment and hav­ing done noth­ing for the two years now.

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