Friday, September 9, 2016

Govt to act tough, not allow `Wahabi theocracy' in J&K - Firm Stand May Tire Out Protesters

The Govt has decided to toughen its posture on the protests in Kashmir valley and not blink in the face of violence by those who want to “throw out a democratically elected government in order to install a Wahabi theocracy“.
Amid continuing pressure from some opposition parties that the Centre and state government should talk to all “stakeholders“, official sources said meaningful talks could be held only after security forces had defeated the attempt to bring in an Islamic regime: a position which leaves no doubt that the government will not desist from using force to beat back what it considers religion-driven disturbances.
The tough posture is evident from the decision to despatch to J&K PAVA shells, the chilli-based substitute for pellet guns, in bulk, at the rate of 1,000 each day, until things clam down.
It is also reflected in the move not to pull out the paramilitary troopers who were deployed in the state for Amarnath Yatra and not to dilute AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act).
There is expectation that firmness will help tire the protesters out, with possibly even some secessionists like Abdul Ghani Bhat showing reasonableness.
This also rules out the possibility of any effort in the immediate future to engage with Hurriyat Conference despite the insistence of a few opposition parties that for any outreach to succeed, it must cover the secessionist amalgam.
The decision not to reach out to the secessionists has been influenced by a number of factors. The government's assessment is that Hurriyat leaders stand completely marginalized in the current tumult which has been fuelled by the ambition to usher in an Islamic theocracy. “They are at a crossroads, having lost control over the forces they unleashed,“ said a government source, adding that the fear of being punished by the fundamentalists behind the current bout of protests was why Hurriyat leaders spurned the opposition leaders who were keen to meet them. “They are not among the stakeholders we would like to engage at this juncture.“
In fact, the government seems to feel that with Eid approaching, it should make all possible effort to ease the hardships of people but offering fresh concessions would achieve little at this stage. Sources said unlike in the past where protests were political in nature and focussed on the demand of autonomy , the current un rest was largely religious.Those driving the protests were aiming to establish an Islamic settlement and had no appetite for themes of autonomy .
“There were limits to what we could do to expand autonomy . For instance, while it is alright to talk about restoration of the pre-1953 status, the fact of the matter is that it is not possible to reverse the decision taken under the Nehru government to extend the jurisdiction of SC and EC to J&K. But these are of little interest to protesters have set their sights on establishment of theocracy ,“ said sources.
“We are not here to negotiate the integrity of India,“ they said, underlining the difficulty in having a political solution and admitting that the government could be in for a long haul.

(Source : TOI)

1 comment:

  1. Kashmir has become a thorn in the flash for India. Pakistan can never stop creating problems in this part of J&K because Pakistan will become irrelevent less the Kashmir embargo and hence it must be understood by the dispensation that only tough measures against Pakistan has to be taken because root of the problem lies across the border.Successive central Govts at centre have always done more than enough for people of valley but in spite of the this fact the results are not seen. May be the local govts since last 30 years have not done enough to reach out to locals in right earnest( reasons are well known to all of us) Thus the Kashmir policy needs to be redefined and executed with precission....Pakistan needs to be checkmated diplomatically and on ground else dangerous China-Pakistan nexus will create huge problems for India and hence can ill afford to take it lightly.Only brave statements by political leaders wont help at all...(they may be good to misguide voters) Time has come when all out efforts have to be made to tame Pakistan and her design not only exposed but destroyed.Trusting this country called Pakistan is like commiting suicide. While negotiations can be useful but with whome? Civilian govt in pakistan is irrelevent as Army calls the shots..a hostile Army towards India. God speed!