J & K CM Mehbooba Mufti Alleges China’s Involvement In Her State’s Law & Order Problem

July 17th, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau
J & K CM Mehbooba Mufti Alleges China’s Involvement In Her State’s Law & Order Problem


JAMMU and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has made a sensasational statement faulting “external forces”, including China, for creating trouble in her troubled State where terrorist attacked  Amaranth pilgrims killing eight of them recently. Several others were injured. The heinous attack on pilgrims has given a bad name to the age-old Kashmiri culture, she said. She came down to the national capital to discuss with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to how further strengthen the security scenario .After emerging from the meet with the Home Minister she told waiting media people on Saturday :”The fight in Kashmir is not that of law and order problems. We cannot win this war unless political parties and the entire country support us.” Foreign powers are also behind the attacks that are taking place. “Now, even China has started meddling in our affairs,” she said. Her comments are significant as these came days after Beijing made an offer to mediate between India and Pakistan on resolving Kashmir. India has rejected the offer, saying there is no scope for third party mediation. New Delhi has been maintaining that the issue is bilateral and can be resolved only through talks between the two countries.

Following the attack on pilgrims, security agencies have intensified anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Officials said they have been told to implement the security plans with full vigour.Security officials had earlier expressed fear that the attack on pilgrims may trigger a divide between Hindus and Muslim communities in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. This is the second major attack on Amaranth pilgrims. In August 2000, 30 pilgrims were killed during an encounter between security forces and Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists.

At a meeting between government and political parties on Friday, Opposition parties had questioned how such an attack happened when there were prior intelligence inputs. Sources had said that Congress leaders raised three specific questions on whether the vehicle that came under attack was registered, why was journey allowed after stipulated time and why the pilgrims were not registered.

CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said he found it amusing that no one has claimed responsibility for the attack when terrorists usually own it up soon after committing the offence.

Though tough questions were raised, the parties wanted the government should seize the opportunity where even the Hurriyat leaders have condemned the attack on pilgrims. When Home Minister Rajnath Singh mentioned that the response to the attack has shown that Kashmiriyat is alive, all parties agreed to it and asked the government to use the opportunity to take the process of normalisation forward. Meanwhile, the Opposition led by Congress has decided to grill the Government in the Monsoon Session of Parliament for what they call its failure to restore law and order in Jammu & Kashmir and other   issues like lynching incidents and vigilantism by Gau Rakshaks and the border stand-off with China, The session begins on Monday and will conclude on August 11.Besides, there will be heated debates on the fallout of the GST, the agrarian crisis and the policy on Pakistan. Some parties are likely to raise the issue of notification on ban on cow slaughter and demand an explanation from the government on it.”We will try and put the government on the mat and demand answers on some key issues that are posing a threat to the country’s social harmony,” a senior Opposition leader said.CPI leader D Raja said the Opposition “will seek answers from the government on what they are doing to check rising incidents of cow vigilantism and lynchings   in the country that pose grave danger to the social harm

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