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Same tales from J&K

Same tales from J&K

When the BJP and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s PDP, who had been lambasting each other before on all occasions, formed a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir ending the political deadlock after the polls last year, a new future was anticipated for the state.

But innocent civilians are continuing to bear the brunt of the political infightings, discords between the parties and above all the brutal approaches by the army. The BJP had kept a meaningful silence on matters including acquiring statehood for Kashmir. Recent incidents in the state indicate that situations are still in the control of the army.Terrorists opened fire at the patrolling army on April 13 in Tral district near Kamla forest in which a soldier was reported dead. In the version produced by the army, the firing continued and a search operation was carried out during which body of a youth killed in the encounter along with AK 47 rifles was recovered. It was later identified as a student Khalid Wani and the encounter was found to be fake. The officials had reportedly come to inspect a Hizbul Mujahideen gathering where they had the information of the youth being a top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist. Massive public protests followed and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed calling it an “unfortunate” incident urged the army to deal with the situation in the state "cautiously". But the security forces apparently did not pay heed to his order.

Another 16-year old was shot dead by the forces on Saturday in Narbal area of Budgam district triggering huge protests all over Kashmir. Two cops were arrested after finding that they opened fire at Suhail Ahmad Sofi, violating the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and the state government ordered a judicial enquiry into the matter. Witnesses say that the army didn’t allow the boy to be hospitalized immediately which finally led to his death. Despite the power being with the Centre as well as the state government, the reigns of Jammu and Kashmir are in the hands of the army. The skirmishes come amidst the ongoing discussions over allowing special rights to the security forces. The operations by the army distance Kashmiris from the main stream. “Incidents” akin to that in Tral and Narbal has been happening after the turbulence in the state in 1990. The army would continue to torment the people and the government would order judicial enquiries when public protests spin out of control. The same procedures would be recurring ending in a suspension of any official. The parties would be taking advantage of the situation and the separatists, the Pak lenient terrorists and cross border terrorism would also be surfacing. If the separatist forces deteriorate in power, aid from across the border as well as from within the state ceases and the army given limited power, Jammu and Kashmir would soon be able to witness a new dawn.

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