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Amnesty to stone-pelters boomerangs
5/8/2018 11:18:58 PM

Early Times Report
Jammu, May 8: The decision of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ask J&K CM to grant amnesty to stone-pelters in Kashmir has boomeranged. Instead of producing the desired result, it has only promoted the cult of stone-pelting. This is the situation in Kashmir after the government granted general amnesty to those booked for pelting stones.
The stone-pelters in Kashmir's Shopian, who have frightened the school-going children, including of the age of just 3 to 5 year and their family members for life, know that the government will grant them amnesty sooner or later. That is the reason they have turned aggressive and ruthless..
While providing amnesty to stone-pelters, it was incumbent on the policy-planners in New Delhi and J&K to keep in mind the fact that they were products of agencies, which are aided, abetted, funded and encouraged by Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence and military. But this fact, it seems, was ignored and the result is before all of us to see.
It's no wonder defence experts have questioned the decision of the Union Government and J&K Government, and, suggested that "the time has come when the government in Jammu and Kashmir should impress upon its young people that the winds of change are sweeping the entire world". "When political activisim in the entire world is increasingly adopting peaceful methods, what is the use of luring Kashmiris with the pipedreams of what such a violent struggle can produce?", they are opining.
"A combination of separatism, terrorism and political misdeeds has already made the day-to-day life of people in the Valley difficult. After the Shopian incident, the people of Kashmir will have to think hard: Those who can pelt stones at their children and pull young people out of their homes to shoot them cannot be their protectors or their saviours. If this sentiment gains momentum, the terrorists will keep losing sympathy and fall by the wayside. Fortunately, there are indications that this is beginning to happen," Kashmir-watchers have said commenting on what happened in Kashmir after almost 10,000 stone-pelters were granted amnesty.
The powers-that-be have to sit up and devise a policy that ends the cult of stone-pelting. Time at their disposal is limited, as annual Amarnath Yatra will commence next month. They have to refashion their whole policy considering the fact that stone-pelters have now started targeting tourists. Only on Monday, a young boy of Tamil Nadu Thirumani lost his life in Kashmir. Last week, stone-pelters stoned four tourist buses carrying tourists from Kerala. The authorities have no option but to review their decision if the stone-pelters are to be deterred.
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