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Why should Muftis, Abdullahs continue to enjoy Z-Plus security cover, ask nationalists
JK Govt spends Rs 100 Cr on security of 'pro-Pakistan politicians'!
2/21/2019 11:16:06 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Feb 21: The successive regimes have been spending around Rs 100 crores annually on the security of mainly those politicians who don't shy away from supporting Pakistan even after the deadly attack on the security forces in Pulwama.
The "continued and undue security cover, especially to the dynasts who have ruled Jammu and Kashmir for the past over 70 years" has drawn criticism from the nationalist people who find such "extravagance in the name of security, a waste of public money."
From Dr Farooq Abdullah to his son Omar Abdullah to Mehbooba Mufti, the successive Chief Ministers have been enjoying Z Plus security for them and their families even when they are out of power. And this huge expenditure is being made despite the fact that such politicians continue to speak about "need for talks with Pakistan" even after the dastardly attack on the security forces in Kashmir that left over 40 jawans martyred.
Official sources said over two dozen persons in Jammu and Kashmir enjoy Z Plus security.
"Out of these, at least two dozen of them, who are mainly from Kashmir, are provided with Z plus, category security," he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police are providing security cover to them as per their entitlement in accordance with the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Observers said the "security of the dynasts" should be reduced so that the "public money is not wasted on those who support Pakistan."
"If the government can withdraw security of some of the separatists why shouldn't the security cover of others who equally speak in support of Pakistan be also reduced," said a former police official on the condition of anonymity.
"The nationalists are of the opinion that the public money that is supposed to be money of tax payers shouldn't be misused on those who support Pakistan," said a teacher at Jammu university.
Sources said given the public resentment New Delhi may have to look into the matter.
Official sources said the matter has been brought into the notice of the government at the center.
"Any such decision on the withdrawal of security cannot be taken only after a nod from the centre," said a senior official.
Despite repeated attempts, the concerned couldn't be contacted for comments.
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