Why do we serve separatists?
We all know about separatists and their activities in the Valley. Their hands are soaked in the blood of thousands of innocent civilians of Kashmir. In spite of this, the Jammu & Kashmir Government provides them security and wastes crores of rupees on this.
In a reply to a question in the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that over Rs 9.4 crores have been spent on account of providing security to Hurriyat and separatist leaders in Kashmir valley during the last 12 years.
One of the MLAs — Langate Sheikh Abdur Rashid — has questioned this move of the J&K Government.
“How can the police and CRPF personnel protect Hurriyat leaders despite them being responsible for the killing of civilians in Kashmir,” he asked.
It has been proved time and again that these separatists are hand-in-glove with Pakistani terrorists who kill thousands of people in India every year.
Last month, one of the separatist leaders — the chief of the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) — Yasin Malik was caught on camera sharing the dais with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Islamabad. He had gone to Pakistan for allegedly mourning the execution of the Parliament attack plotter Afzal Guru.
Apart from the ghastly 26/11 attack, Saeed is also responsible for a number of other attacks on Indian soil. According to a report, the recent suicide attack in Srinagar was also the brainchild of the LeT Chief.
After the hanging of Afzal, Pakistan-based terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Jaish-e-Mohammed had openly vowed to take revenge.
But while Indian Government always says we will take action, nothing substantial ever happens.
Reacting to the audacity of separatist leader Yasin Malik, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had then said, “We will look into the issue. We need to go into an inquiry”. But months have passed and no action been taken yet and because of this lackadaisical attitude of the Government, the people’s suffering in Kashmir are far from ending.
With the motive of fanning protests in Kashmir and standing by these separatists, Pakistan recently passed a resolution in its Parliament condemning the hanging of Afzal Guru.
Although all parties in India protested this move of Pakistan in unison, the trick did what it was intended to do. Pro-Pakistani separatist leaders have always sung paeans about Pakistan and helped the ISI to unleash terror in our country even after we give them ‘special status’.
It is ironic that we provide security to the separatists who later become the cause behind the slaughter of our own people with help from outside agencies like the ISI. It seems the Government is worried more about their security than the safety of common civilians.
Mukul Mishra is a journalist working with Niti Digital currently. He has previously worked in NewsX and Doordarshan News.