June 2019 News

Hurriyat Ready For Dialogue: Governor Malik

22 June 2019
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: Stating that the incidences of stone pelting and militancy recruitment have almost come to an end, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday said it was encouraging to see that Hurriyat leaders were 'ready for talks.' Speaking at a function at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre on the banks of Dal Lake here, Governor Malik said: 'Hurriyat leaders who once shut doors to Ram Vilas Paswan when he approached them for dialogue are now ready for talks. This is an encouraging sign,' Governor said. At the peak of the 2016 unrest, a delegation of parliamentarians including Paswan, Sitaram Yechury and others had come to meet veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Al Geelani at his upscale Hyderpora residence. However, they had to return dejected after the veteran separatist refused to open doors to them, apparently in response to the rising anger against New Delhi's approach to Kashmir problem. Governor Malik also hailed moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for speaking out against the menace of drug abuse. 'Hurriyat's proactive role in addressing social issues must be welcomed,' he said. Expressing happiness that Mirwaiz spoke against drug menace, Governor Malik urged all the stakeholders to come forward and play their role to completely eradicate the menace from Jammu and Kashmir. 'There is need for Doordarshan and other media to work in tandem to completely eradicate the menace,' he added. Reacting to the prevailing security situation in Kashmir, Malik said: 'You have seen how temperature has gone down significantly since past few months. The phenomena of militancy recruitment and stone pelting, especially after Friday prayers, have almost ended,' he said, adding that the situation has improved significantly since he took over the reins of power in Jammu and Kashmir. Reacting to the ongoing encounters and killings of local militants, Governor Malik said his administration doesn't feel good when local youth are killed in encounters. 'We don't feel good when someone gets killed (in encounters). We want to bring them back. There is talk in the Centre about chalking out scheme for them. But if someone fires at our jawans, they will not return a bouquet of flowers,' he said. Governor Malik said the youth of Kashmir are being misled by false promises of paradise in afterlife if they get killed in encounters with security forces. 'I want to tell them that they have a paradise in the form of their state here. And a heaven awaits them in afterlife as well. They can earn two paradises if they work towards betterment of Jammu and Kashmir,' he said. Governor Malik said Jammu and Kashmir can become the best state in the country. 'It is a paradise and we have our own constitution,' he said. 'Kashmir's problem lies in its younger generation. If we are able to control their anger and address their grievances, the whole issue will be resolved,' he said. 'There are 22000 students from Kashmir who study outside and when there is some issue, we have appointed liaison officers so that the student is not made to go to the police station,' he said.