Pak pushing Kashmir to cliff

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Pakistan appears to be hell bent on internationalising the Kashmir issue yet again, particularly by highlighting the killing of militant leader Burhan Wani by Indian security forces as a case of human rights violation. Unfortunately, Islamabad’s nefarious designs seem to have the tacit support of several separatist groups in the Valley, a matter which should make New Delhi wary. The happenings in the strife ridden border state have already claimed nearly 40 lives and a fresh attempt is being made to demoralise our brave soldiers, who have been doing a commendable job in safeguarding the nation’s interests.
Srinagar and its surrounding areas have been witnessing high voltage tension, which is likely to escalate if quick remedial steps are not taken by the authorities. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which is a partner in the coalition government, is caught in a severely embarrassing situation, with several of its supporters unhappy with the manner in which the issue has been handled. It is a certainty that the developments would have far reaching ramifications so far as the ongoing Amarnath Yatra is concerned. Some of them have already started urging senior leaders to make a push for the abrogation of Article 370, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP had decided to put its long standing demand for the scrapping of the controversial Article while negotiating an alliance with the PDP.
What has worsened matters are statements of senior leaders like Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Lok Sabha MP from Baramullah, who has stated that Wani’s killing was not in accordance with the norms laid down by the Supreme Court and this was evident from the fact that the entire operation was over in less than three and a half minutes. What he needs to be told is that when an encounter takes place, it is not always possible to conform to laid down guidelines and those who are on the spot are better equipped to effectively deal with the confrontation.
The state government has to roll up its sleeves to quell the violence. However, contrary to doing so, leaders are making statements aimed at distancing the two political parties from the action of the security forces. Baig is not a political novice and knows how politics operates in the valley. He is also an ambitious man, who somewhere nurses the secret ambition of leading the PDP at an appropriate time in pursuance of his desire to one day be the Chief Minister.
At the moment what he needs to do is to defend his party’s government and the security forces, who are seeking to bring some semblance in the state which is
on a boil.
The BJP, of course, is caught in a political mess of its own making. Its leaders should have realised that the two allies have diametrically opposite ideologies and thus could have only walked a short distance together.

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