The centre government has extended its full support to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for maintaining peace and normalcy in the valley at any cost for that purpose, the Centre Government has decided to increase presence of para-military forces in downtown and rural areas, where impact of about two-month long unrest in the Valley was more. Initially, more companies of CRPF are being deployed in these areas but, if it continued, the Centre has kept the option of deploying BSF there open.
Noting that unrest was more in downtown and rural areas of the Valley, the Centre has taken a decision to deploy more para-military and police forces in these areas and was also considering the option of deploying BSF troops in selected areas to tackle the unrest.
Sources said, “Even the centre government extends its full support to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, asked the State Government to ensure that all educational institutions, Government offices, commercial establishments and Civil Secretariat function normally and ensure that normal working of the State Government is not affected. For the purpose, the Union Home Ministry has decided to extend its full support to the State.”
The Centre Government, according to sources, has taken cognizance of the working of certain sections instigating terrorism and violence in the State, mainly the Kashmir valley by exploiting youth and children.
“The Government has decided that it would support all endeavours of Mehbooba Mufti Government as it was of the view that Pakistan and its agents were openly fuelling terrorism and unrest in the Valley for past about 60 days and have “enough resources” with them to keep the pot boiling,” sources said, adding the Centre wants to finish the “resources” of the enemy, which would go long way in tackling the unrest.
Reiterating that the Government of India was ready for talks with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, it, however, made it clear that people of all three regions-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were equal stakeholders to any solution and not the Valley alone. “The normal Government functioning should start. Though the Government is running, the Centre wants full functioning of the Civil Secretariat, the Government seat, all other offices and, above all, the educational institutions, which have been shut for past about two months now, jeopardizing career of the students,” sources said, adding the Home Ministry has promised all help to the State Government in normal functioning of the offices, schools and shops as it has reports that people were suffering due to closure of shops of essential commodities and students were at the verge of losing one important year of their studies if the educational institutions remained closed for more days. Even the members of All Party Delegation (APD) have expressed serious concern over the situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir and as per their view there is no place for violence in a civilized society.