July 2019 News

Why Are Kashmiri People Being Provoked: Sajad Lone On Deployment Of 10,000 Troops In J&K

27 July 2019
India Today
Pooja Shali

Srinagar: Soon after the Centre on Friday night approved an order to deploy 100 companies of additional parliamentary forces in Jammu and Kashmir, sharp remarks came from Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Saturday. 'The deployment of troops has created panic among the people of the state. The signs are ominous and rumour mills are rife with suggestions that the special identity of the Kashmiri people may be under attack. The rumours of tinkering with Article 35 A are spreading fast and there is no reaction from the state or the Central government. If the government of the day indeed has any such intentions, it would be tantamount to stretching adventurism to unacceptable limits. I fail to understand why the Kashmiri people are being provoked and incited,' said Sajad Gani Lone. 'Kashmir is a tiny part nestled in a remote corner mired in its own problems, yet current day nationalism seems to be defined by the levels of vile, hatred and contempt for the Kashmiri people,' PC Chairman further said. Sajad Lone on Saturday claimed that the Kashmiri people have been subjected to unimaginable atrocities from all sides and while they are desperate to move on in their life, and New Delhi seems to intent on goading them. PC Chairman further said that Kashmir has been the centre of violence and conflict for the last three decades which has left thousands of people dead and the need of the hour is to rebuild this place and engage with the people and end alienation in the Valley. The political landscape of Kashmir has a clear demarcation- those who accept the Constitution of Inda and believe their destiny is with India, and those who don't accept it and believe that their destiny lies elsewhere. Any adventurism will erode the credibility of those who believe in the concept of India. This would mean an investment in future for decades of violence and contempt for those who believe in Indianness,' Sajad Lone concluded. Sajad Lone's reaction came after the order-from the Ministry of Home Affairs directed to the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir-stated that the additional deployment of forces will help in strengthening the Counter Insurgent (CI) grid as well as maintaining law and order situation in Kashmir. The order also contained details of the troops that will be mobilised ahead of Independence Day on August 15. It stated that 50 additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 30 companies from the SSB, and 10 companies each from the BSF and ITBP will be deployed. With the fresh order, 10,000 troops will be sent to Jammu and Kashmir for providing additional security. The decision to send additional troops comes days after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval returned from Kashmir. The fresh troop deployment is likely to increase security in Jammu and Kashmir, which continues to remain under President's rule. Earlier in February, around 100 companies of additional central parliamentary forces were airlifted and deployed in the Valley. At the time, the government said the deployment of troops was for the Lok Sabha elections in the region. The sudden late-night approval of deploying additional forces was also rebuked by J&K Peoples Party President Shah Faesal. who felt it was a sign of 'something sinister'. This MHA communique regarding deployment of additional 100 Coys of CAPF is fueling huge anxiety in Kashmir. No one knows why this sudden mobilization of forces is being done. Rumor is that something sinister is about to happen. Article 35a? It is going to be a long night. pic.twitter.com-kvFH5gMaEb Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) July 26, 2019 He said, 'This MHA communique regarding deployment of additional 100 Coys of CAPF is fueling huge anxiety in Kashmir. No one knows why this sudden mobilization of forces is being done. Rumour is that something sinister is about to happen. Article 35A?'

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