Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik has said that the political leaders in the valley want youth to get killed so that they can ‘Blackmail and keep New Delhi under pressure.’
Malik, while addressing a Kissan Mela in Akhnoor accused PDP and National Conference of ‘double standards.’
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Thursday courted a fresh controversy by accusing the state’s political leaders of wanting to get “youths killed” to “blackmail” Delhi and keep it “under pressure”.
“The leaders of Jammu and Kashmir want the youths get killed so that they keep New Delhi under pressure,” He said.
“This misconception was cleared by me during the municipal and panchayat polls, and conveyed a message that New Delhi is not to come under pressure. New Delhi will not come under pressure of blackmail now. If bullets will be fired, no bouquets will be send from here,” he said.
However, he mentioned that by killing militants in Kashmir no solution can be found and asked them to return.
“I am not for taking the lives of these children. If they come back, we are ready to do something for them. We are trying to find out some way,” he said.
Malik said that he tried to persuade both Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti to take part in the civic polls but they refused and boycotted.
“Political parties have double standards. I am angry with them”.
Malik added, “I went to the houses of both after breaking my protocol. I went to the house of Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah. I asked them to take part in elections which will benefit and empower people. But they opposed it. They want their own empowerment not that of the people.”
Taking a dig at Mufti, he said even before confirmation of killing of a militant, one leader of a party goes to his home to condole the death.
“How can this work?” governor asked.
Reacting to his statement, Omar Abdullah asked the Governor to ‘stop playing politics and focus on his work.’
Please stop with the insults & snide remarks Mr Governor. They do not behove a person in your position. It is only my respect for the office you occupy that stops me from repeating what all you told me when we met. @jandkgovernor. Please stop playing politics & focus on your work https://t.co/yfUAxUafrP
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) January 31, 2019
The PDP, in their response said:
Not allowing a democratic government to function & talking of panchayat as empowerment of democracy without participation of people & parties! Dissolving assembly unethically is personal empowerment not boycott @jandkgovernor https://t.co/NkYLbjxxqe
— J&K PDP (@jkpdp) January 31, 2019
Hitting out at Hurriyat, to who he recently reached out to, Malik said, “Our Army is fighting with terrorists on the other side in the midnight in thick snow and people from villages are being collected on the calls from loudspeaker from mosque to engineer stone pelting and snatch bodies, surround vehicles, weapons. Then if anybody gets killed and then (they) resort to shutdown the Valley and call it atrocities,” he said.
Questioning their behaviour on ‘instigating people’, Malik added, “Where does it happen in the world that you target the Army and they will leave you? We will sternly suppress it.”
He asked the people to change their approach towards the Army and also change their ideology.
“…If anything has to happen, it is dialogue. Come and hold talks under the Constitution of India. You have separate flag and a separate Constitution here. But still raking up the issue,” he said.
Counselling Hurriyat, the governor said the Indian Army is the world’s fourth biggest Army. “After fight with it, (General Parvez) Musharraf has himself conveyed to the Hurriyat people that they should…hold talks with India under the Constitution of India,” he said.
He also asserted that there will not be any compromise on militancy in Kashmir and said 300 militants cannot “break” India.
“I here again reiterate 300 boys (terrorists) cannot break India. They are nothing,” Malik said, adding that “our army and forces are instrumental in eliminating two to three militants after every one to two days. Good things is that people have understood that gun cannot bring us anything”.