Govt, BJP want peace in Kashmir valley, but insist on showing firmness

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New Delhi, April 30
Amid serious differences that erupted between the BJP and the PDP in the Jammu and Kashmir government on dealing with the law and order situation in the militancy-hit state, the saffron party leadership and Home Ministry are now exploring on various norms to fight militancy and ease the tension there. “The moment, the locals are made to understand the importance of peace; there will be improvement in the situation,” a party source said and pointed out that it is in this connection BJP chief Amit Shah has underlined that leaders from Jammu region including the elected MLAs should visit the valley. Mr Shah, according to sources, directed party leaders not to remain confined to their assembly constituencies, but visit the remote areas of Kashmir, and address to the problems facing them”. In the meantime, the government is also talking to various security experts and military commanders. According to sources in the government, the average success rate against insurgency in the northeast or the militancy in Jammu and Kashmir has been “good” over the years. “The success in counter insurgency campaigns owes a lot to Government of India’s political approach. Unlike in many countries, the army and central security forces have also played second fiddle and cooperated with the civil administration in every state. More or less the same stand continues,” a source said. However, the government is not quite keen to give any indication of weakness and therefore – as of now – it is not considering any change in the policy not to talk to the separatists. In fact, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav rejected Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s suggestion for reviving talks with all key stake holders. The BJP leader asserted that militants and their sponsors should be dealt with “utmost toughness”. “The separatists have only one motto: One dead body a day, so that they can play sentimental politics over the dead bodies. They use people of the Valley as scapegoats in their reprehensible politics of violence and separatism,” Mr Madhav yesterday wrote in a Facebook posting. Mr Madhav has meanwhile met the Chief Minister in Srinagar today. Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief, G A Mir said after government of India’s stand in Supreme Court that there was no plan to hold any talks with the separatists, it was up to the conscious of Mehbooba Mufti to continue in alliance. “She recently announced that she would resign in case the dialogue will not be held, but after the government recorded their statement in Supreme Court (SC), Mehbooba is still assuming the charge,” Mir said yesterday. Ms Mufti on a visit to Delhi on Monday, April 24, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revive talks with all stake holders.

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