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After ceasefire, now talks with Pak-founded Hurriyat
BJP playing with dangerous tools in J&K
5/27/2018 12:05:04 AM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, May 26: Today, PM Narendra Modi completed four years in office. People of J&K were hoping that his government would today talk tough and send a clear warning to the separatists in Kashmir that no non-sense will be tolerated. But it was not to be. What the BJP today did was just the opposite, suggesting that it would not stop playing with dangerous tools.
The Narendra Modi Government on Saturday fielded Home Minister Rajnath Singh to explain its Kashmir policy. Leave alone Jammu and Ladakh, which have no place in the BJP's scheme of things, despite the fact that it was these two regions which gave the BJP 3 seats in the Lok Sabha, with the people of Jammu also giving it 25 seats in the assembly in 2014 and Autonomous Hill Development Council Leh a tear later.
Explaining the contours of his Kashmir policy, Rajnath Singh said that the Government of India was prepared to talk to what he called all stakeholders, including Pakistan and Pakistan-founded Hurriyat Conference, completely overlooking the fact that India was the only stakeholder in J&K and the people of J&K stakeholders only in the matter of governance.
"If Hurriyat is ready to come to the table for talks, we are ready for it. New Delhi is ready to hold talks with Pakistan if it comes forward to hold talks. To not welcome anyone who wants to talk, is not the right thing," he told in an interview with National TV channel.
Talks on what? On J&K? J&K is a settled issue. To talk to Pakistan or Pakistan-founded Hurriyat Conference is only to reopen the long-settled issue and endanger the lives of the people of Jammu and Ladakh, who have nothing to do with the ongoing separatist movement in the Valley or with those demanding Azadi, Pakistan, Self-Rule and Autonomy.
The Home Minister also hinted at the possibility of granting amnesty to more stone-pelters in Kashmir. "The Narendra Modi-led BJP government wants to revoke FIRs against several first-time stone pelters, especially young Kashmiris, as a method to reach out to people," the Home Minister further said.
Earlier last April, the Home Minister had sprung a big surprise by asking Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to grant amnesty to almost 10,000 stone-peletrs, a step which led to the rise of stone-pelting incidents in the Valley. As if all this was not enough, he on May 16 announced unilateral ceasefire, creating an impression that the armed forces were responsible for the disturbed conditions in the Valley and that ceasefire during the month of Ramzan would help "peace-loving Muslims of Kashmir to observe the month of Ramzan peacefully".
It is a different story that Jammu witnessed at least 12 deaths and injuries to several others, displacement of population from the border areas in their lakhs, conversion of several villages into ghost towns and so on after the announcement of unilateral ceasefire. Earlier, the BJP had rejected outright the unilateral ceasefire suggestion.
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