Making Humans As Shields Won't Be Tolerated: Govt
7 March 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Minister for Finance, Law Planning and Parliamentary Affairs Mr Muzaffar Hussain Beig today said innocent civilians would not be allowed to be taken as human shield while combating militancy. 'Those doing so are not patriots and well wishers of the nation', Mr Beig said while pointing to the issue raised by Mr Abdul Rahim Rather and Ms Mehbooba Mufti on Kawchak Kreeri incident during zero hour in legislative assembly this morning. Assuring investigations into the incident, the Minister said that the Housing and Urban Development Minister, Mr Ghulam Hassan Mir and Corps Commander have rushed to the village to have on spot assessment of the situation. He replied in affirmative on the question of lodging an FIR about the incident. He asked how could those in uniforms or in administration be termed as patriots whose follies bring disrepute to Indian State. They are the enemies within whose wrong acts only serve the agenda of ISI, he said, adding that such acts would not be tolerated. 'We are on the cutting edge of the war against militancy', he said adding that while engaged in anti-militancy operations the law enforcing agencies would ensure that civilians are not harmed. He said the militancy has to be curbed at all costs but this should be remembered that moral integrity of a State is more important than the territorial integrity. On the public importance issues being raised by the members, the Minister said that a mechanism is being evolved wherein the concerned member would be apprised about the action taken on their points. He said the members are not raising the issues just for making speeches but they want their points to be taken care of. Mr Beig referred to the demand for recognition of Shina as a regional language and hoped that since an opposition member has raised the point, the House would unanimously favour the legislation as and when brought in this regard. To the response of the administration to the situation in the wake of recent snow and rains all over the State, the Minister observed that the administration, which he said the present Government inherits from the predecessors, having limited capacity to cope up with the exigencies. He said in such situations, it takes more time to complete the task. He said the people of developed countries too face difficulties. He said the Government would not shirk in its responsibilities. Earlier, National Conference member Mr Abdul Rahim Rather raised this issue during Zero Hour and regretted that despite tall claims of State Government killings of innocent have been going unabated. During the zero hour, a largest of 38 members so far the current session raised various issues of public importance. Mr G M Saroori, Mr G M Jan and Mr Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari demanded cash relief and free ration for the people affected by the recent incessant rains in their constituencies. Dr Manohar Lal sought release of funds for the ongoing water supply schemes in his constituency. Peer Mohammad Yasin demanded opening of Brinti-Dialgam road, which has been closed for the past two years due to some unknown reasons. Mr Ali Mohammad Sagar demanded release of innocent detenues and transfer of prisoners jailed in other States. Dr Mehboob Beg urged the Government to ensure immediate admission in Polytechnic colleges whiles Mr Sajjad Kitchloo demanded ariel survey of far-flung and cut off areas of his constituency where roads are yet to be opened after the heavy snowfall. Displaying EXCELSIOR, Mr Kitchloo said that whereabout of more than 60,000 people is not known but authorities are unconcerned. Manjeet Singh sought compensation and rent for those whose land has been rendered uncultivable due to fencing or acquired on the borders. Mr Mohammad Aslam urged the Government not to relocate the Anganwari training centre from Thanna Mandi. Mr Kafeel-ul-Rehman sought adequate staff for high school, Keran and Tad. Mr Ashwani Kumar demanded adequate water supply for various places in his constituency while Dr Ghulam Nabi Lone demanded expeditious measures for getting the stay granted by High Court vacated on the appointment orders of 313 teachers in Baramulla district. Mian Mohammad Altaf sought initiation of work on the Sonamarg hydel project for which infrastructure of Upper Sindh Hydel Project is available in the area. Mr Qaiser Ahmed Lone sought relief for drought-affected people of his constituency. Mr M S Akhnoon expressed concern over the Deputy Chief Minister's yesterday's statement that National Conference is a communal party. Mr Abdul Gani Malik demanded stepping up of security around the educational institutions in Ghulabgarh area. Mr Raman Bhalla sought ban on export of willow clefts saying that the bat industries should be locally encouraged. Mr Mohammad Abbas sought opening of Ponykhar road and demanded additional flights for stranded passengers of Ladakh region in general, Kargil district in particular. Dr Ramesh Chander Sharma demanded inclusion of Nowshera and Rajouri town for allotment of plots proposed for border dwellers. He also sought recruitment of middle pass youth of his constituency in police. Mr Faqir Nath demanded relief for border migrants at par with the Kashmiri migrants. Mr Yogesh Sawhney demanded revival of water points used by fire services in various areas of Jammu city. Mr Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami urged the Government to ensure admission for all the students in colleges. Mr Mohammad Dilawar Mir sought restoration of electricity supply in various areas of his constituency. Ms Khem Lata Wakhloo urged to ensure electric connections to those migrant families who have returned back to the Valley. Mr Mubarak Gul demanded de-watering from low-lying areas of down town city of his constituency. He pleaded for serving prior notices to the persons coming under anti-encroachment drive in Jammu and Srinagar. Mr Prem Sagar Aziz sought opening of more Anganwari Centres in his constituency. Mr Mohammad Sarfraz Khan informed the House about the plight of young boys and girls of Kashmir who have been cheated by various fake dental colleges of Bihar and said their career was at stake. Mr Rashpal Singh demanded release of salary in favour of the employees working in Balakote coalmines. Mir Saifullah demanded regularization of daily wagers particularly those who have completed 7 years service and performed election duty. Mr Nazir Ahmed Gurezi demanded introduction of Shina language in schools. Mr Girdhari Lal demanded free ration for Kandi areas of his constituency. Mr Chaman Lal sought immediate setting up of degree colleges for which land has been identified in Ramban.