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BJP has no moral right to criticize Pak
Glorification of stone-throwers
2/7/2017 11:05:00 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Feb 7: On February 5, Pakistanis observed solidarity day across the country, glorified the stone-throwers in Kashmir and yet again reiterated that J&K issue should be resolved as per the UN resolutions. Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif also participated in one such programmes and urged New Delhi to resolve J&K by implanting the UN resolutions on J&K.
As was expected, he didn't speak the truth: The UN resolution of August 13, 1948, which recognized the sovereignty of India in the entire State of J&K as it existed on August 15, 1947, requires Pakistan to vacate the aggression, which it has not done. Contrarily, it has further violated the UN resolution by not only merging Gilgit-Baltistan into Pakistan but by also ceding over 5000 Sq miles of J&K territory in Gilgit-Baltistan to China. Notwithstanding the fact that it is Pakistan which has to fulfill all the conditions if a plebiscite is to be organized in the entire state of J&K, Pakistan continues to play mischief after mischief. It is strange that the BJP has not taken kindly to the glorification of Kashmiri stone-throwers in Pakistan on February 5.
The BJP on Monday made a fool of itself by criticizing Pakistan. "By releasing a video, the Pakistan army has proved beyond doubt that it has been instigating Kashmiri youth since 1990 and it is responsible for the bloodshed in J&K. The Pakistan army and the ISI have been fighting a proxy war with India in J&K for the last 27 years," said Kashmir-based BJP spokesperson Khalid Jehangir. He lashed out at the Pakistani army for releasing a video that glorified militants and stone-throwers.
Pakistani army did what it was expected to do. It didn't do something new. It had been glorifying Kashmiri militants since decades now. The BJP should have first set its own house in order and then reacted. Everyone in J&K and across the country knows that J&K Government has a policy in place under which the next of kin of any slain militant or protestor or stone-pelter is entitled to Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia and a government job. And only recently, the Chief Minister of J&K announced in both Houses of the State Legislature that her government of which the BJP is also a part would grant ex-gratia to the tune of Rs 5 lakh to each kin of the slain protestors, saying there could be no comparison between the protestors and their families. The Chief Minister made this announcement in the presence of the BJP ministers and BJP MLAs. None had opposed the Chief Minister.
Of course, the J&K BJP as a party and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh did issue statements against the state government's announcement to the effect that families of the slain militants and protestors were entitled to ex-gratia and government jobs, but the state government didn't budge from its stand. Instead, the Home Department of the state government has set up committees to identify the families who could be granted ex-gratia and everything is in public domain. The process is on and sources close to the government suggest that the "process would soon be completed and those who are entitled to compensation shall be compensated".
The political observers in the state and in Delhi have described the government's decision to grant ex-gratia as an "unwise" move, suggesting that "the scheme, if implemented, would not only further promote militancy in the state but it would also be taken to mean a step towards glorification of subversives, undesirables and unruly elements".
The BJP needs to think before it speaks. It can't condemn Pakistan and help the protestors' families in Kashmir at the same time. It is a contradiction of sorts.
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