CM Predicts Peaceful Summer In Kashhmir3 April 2011
Srinagar: Hoping that coming summer would be peaceful, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday said that forces, including army and paramilitary, have been directed to ensure that no incident, which can trigger trouble in the Valley, takes place. “I have apprised top leaders in New Delhi about the ground situation in Kashmir. The central forces, including army and the paramilitary, have been directed to exercise maximum restraint so that no such incident, which can trigger protests or unrest in the Valley, takes place,” Omar told Greater Kashmir. He dispelled the reports about New Delhi having warned the state government of complacency. “Centre has not issued any such advisory. The state government is working in close coordination with centre and all decisions are taken collectively. The state government knows what’s happening and there is no chance of us being complacent,” he added. Omar said all possible steps were being taken to ensure that Kashmir witnesses a peaceful summer this year. “I hope summer this year will be peaceful,” he said. “Steps have been taken to check troublemakers. They won’t be allowed to take people hostage for their vested interests. People faced huge losses last year. They want to live peacefully and the state government has taken all necessary steps to ensure that normal life is not disrupted,” he said. Omar said his government was working “overtime” to create avenues for the youth, who have spearheaded the street protests in the past three years. “We want to engage the youth so that they are able to build their careers and live a dignified life,” he added. A member of the Prime Minister appointed Dr C Rangarajan panel on jobs in Jammu and Kashmir, Shakeel Qalandar said the onus to maintain peace rested with the government. “Authorities have to ensure that no human rights violations take place,” he said. “Kashmir economy is fragile. We have a limited working season that helps us sustain for the entire year. Our annual sustenance is dependent on a certain period called summers. The past three summers were affected badly by curfews and strikes. If we continue with that we will get crippled.” Qalandar said. “We cannot afford to lose one more season.” Pertinently, the trouble in the past three summers in Kashmir has deeply embarrassed the central and the state governments. At least 117 persons were killed in forces action and Kashmir Valley observed a continuous shutdown for five months in 2010. In 2009 the alleged rape and murder of 17-year old Asiya and her sister-in-law Neelofar at Shopian in south Kashmir had triggered spontaneous protests across the Valley. State government transferring 800-kanal land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) in 2008 had also triggered widespread demonstrations in the Valley. After state government revoked the sanction order protests, spearheaded by rightwing parties, erupted in Jammu region.