Kash­mir political, not mil­i­tancy is­sue rooted in 1947 par­ti­tion: NC In­dian Gen­eral ad­mits fail­ure of army

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—Se­nior leader of pro-In­dia Na­tional Con­fer­ence, Mustafa Ka­mal while wel­com­ing the ad­mis­sion of fail­ure by top In­dian army’s Gen­eral about win­ning hearts and minds of Kash­miris through Sadb­havna oper­a­tion has said that Jammu and Kash­mir is not a mil­i­tancy is­sue, but it is a political and hu­man is­sue whose roots are em­bed­ded in 1947’s Par­ti­tion Plan.

Mustafa Ka­mal, who is also un­cle of for­mer pup­pet Chief Min­is­ter Omar Ab­dul­lah, in a state­ment is­sued in Srinagar said that the fact was that mil­i­tancy started in 1989-90 and had its roots firmly em­bed­ded in the par­ti­tion of the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent in 1947, and was thus a man­i­fes­ta­tion of a political na­ture with a hu­man an­gle and not a mil­i­tary is­sue.

The chief of North­ern Com­mand, Lt Gen­eral D S Hooda, in a me­dia in­ter­view last week openly ad­mit­ted about fail­ure of the In­dian army’s Sadb­havna oper­a­tion, and Mustafa Ka­mal termed his re­marks as a “frank ad­mis­sion made be­lated”.

He asked the army to wind up the oper­a­tion and go back to “their man­dated job of guard­ing the borders”. He also urged the govern­ment of In­dia to take im­me­di­ate cog­ni­sance of the dis­clo­sure made by a serv­ing se­nior army com­man­der posted in oc­cu­pied Kash­mir.

Mustafa Ka­mal said that the fail­ure of Sad­hba­vana in an at­tempt to turn things around was bound to hap­pen. “Crores of ru­pees of pre­cious pub­lic money have been spent on this ill-con­ceived and per­haps ill-in­ten­tioned scheme is but a tragic waste of pub­lic money and most of all com­pro­mised the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fi­cacy of the army and para­mil­i­tary forces in Kash­mir,” he said.

Call­ing for re­peal­ing black law, Armed Forces Special Pow­ers Act (AFSPA), the NC leader stressed the political lead­er­ship of In­dia to deal with the prob­lem po­lit­i­cally “in light of its his­toric back­ground and the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments made by top political lead­er­ship and suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments of In­dia from time to time.”—KMS

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