'Pak's Wider Gameplan Is To Force Migration Of Hindus From J&K'
7 June 2006
Jammu: Maintaining that Pakistan has a 'wider gameplan' to force migration of Hindus from Jammu and Kashmir, BJP today asked the UPA government to tell the neighbouring country that bilateral dialogue process cannot go on if killing of innocent Hindus continued in the state. 'The situation is becoming serious in Jammu and Kashmir with terrorist activities increasing day by day causing insecurity among the people, especially minority Hindus,' senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here. 'The surge in terrorists activities is only to force Hindus migrate from the hilly districts of Jammu division under a wider Pakistani gameplan,' he said. Earlier Hindus from the valley were made to flee under such a plan, he added. Naidu, who was here to participate in the BJP's Satyagraha against killings of Hindus, alleged that the UPA government has 'no policy, clarity, roadmap' to face the challenge in the border state. 'The government has failed miserably to safeguard the life and property of innocent citizens'. The Central government must formulate a policy and firmly tell Pakistan that dialogue cannot continue when killings are going on in the state, he said. 'Dialogue can wait but killings must stop.' The Centre must adopt a hardline on terrorists, Naidu added. Naidu said the purpose of the nine-day long Satyagaraha launched by BJP today was to awaken the countrymen about the worsening situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The agitation was also aimed to tell the government about the need to increase the presence of security forces in the state, especially in hilly areas like Doda and Udhampur, he said. The party also wants government to strengthen the Village Defence Committees (VDCs) and provide them with modern weapons and communication system to fight militancy. 'We also demand that the government should identify and take action against such elements for helping terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir,' the BJP leader said. Several thousand people from different parts of the country would be participating in batches in the Satyagaraha in Jammu, he said adding these also include 800 MLAs and 140 MPs of the party. In today's batch, there are about 2000 party activists from Rajasthan and about 1000 from different areas of Jammu, Naidu said. Referring to allegations leveled by National Conference chief Omar Abdullah that BJP was exploiting religious sentiments of Doda people and hence launched an agitation, the leader said 'we do not want to react as to what Abdullah has said but we want government to take cognizance of the situation prevailing in the district and other parts of the state and act to safeguard the lives and property of the people.