India: NSA Ajit Doval reports Srinagar welcomes Amit Shah statehood assurance for Jammu and Kashmir



NSA Ajit Doval reports Srinagar welcomes Amit Shah statehood assurance for Jammu and Kashmir

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had landed in Jammu and Kashmir last afternoon even before Amit Shah started his hour-long response to the debate in the Rajya Sabha.

INDIA Updated: Aug 06, 2019 11:22 IST

Shishir Gupta
Shishir Gupta
Hindustan Times
NSA Ajit Doval reports Srinagar welcomes Amit Shah statehood assurance for Jammu and Kashmir
NSA Ajit Doval reports Srinagar welcomes Amit Shah statehood assurance for Jammu and Kashmir(Mohd Zakir/HT File PHOTO)

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who returned to Kashmir Valley yesterday, has told the government that residents of the state were supportive of Centre’s initiative on Article 370 and had welcomed Home Minister Amit Shah’s assurance in parliament.

Amit Shah had, during his response to the debate in the Rajya Sabha, promised that the union territory status for Jammu and Kashmir regions was not a permanent and the government would restore statehood at an appropriate time if the situation improves. Shah had also underscored that the Centre did not want Kashmir to remain a union territory but had to make the change to bring about an improvement in the situation.

In his ground report to the Centre, NSA Doval has said this assurance had gone down well with the people.

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Doval had landed in Jammu and Kashmir last afternoon even before Amit Shah started his hour-long response to the debate in the Rajya Sabha.

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NSA Doval has reviewed the security situation in the state with commanders of the army and paramilitary forces as well as the intelligence heads of the state. Apart from this, Doval interacted with locals for feedback on the article 370 move. A Kashmir expert, Doval has seen the worst of militancy in Kashmir from early 1990s and headed the bureau in Kashmir a few years later.

There was also considerable acknowledgement in Kashmir Valley that the change was well planned and the Centre had take care to send reassuring messages to the Valley, Doval told the government in his report.

It also noted that there have been no reports of agitations in the Kashmir Valley and people are moving about for essential work.

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The military had flown scores of sorties over the past few days and weeks to carry tonnes of food supplies and medicines to prep for all kinds of situations.

But there is a sense in the government that the Amit Shah’s emphasis to underline that Article 370 or statehood did not really benefit the people but just a handful of families had resonated in the Kashmir valley.

AK Doval’s report also echoed this sentiment. He said there was a feeling among the people in Kashmir that local politicians had vested interests and had taken people for a ride.

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Former chief ministers, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, have been detained as Opposition parties grappled to put up an effective protest against the revocation of special status for J&K and the state’s bifurcation into two Union Territories.

First Published: Aug 06, 2019 10:46 IST

No BJP role in Jammu-Kashmir assembly dissolution: Rajnath Singh



No BJP role in Jammu-Kashmir assembly dissolution: Rajnath Singh

Governor Malik dissolved the state assembly late on Wednesday night after claims for forming a new government were pressed both by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone.

INDIA Updated: Nov 23, 2018 07:05 IST

Kumar Uttam
Kumar Uttam
Hindustan Times
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh(Waseem Andrabi/ HT File Photo)

Home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday distanced the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to dissolve the state assembly, saying Malik acted after concluding that it wasn’t possible for a new state government to be formed in the current scenario.

“The governor of J&K took the decision after considering the political situation there; he reached to a conclusion that government formation was not possible in the state,” Singh said in an interview with Hindustan Times. “It was a decision taken by the governor. The BJP has no role. It is unfortunate that some section is trying to drag the BJP into this.”

Governor Malik dissolved the state assembly late on Wednesday night after claims for forming a new government were pressed both by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone. Mufti said she had the support of PDP’s arch rival National Conference (NC) and the Congress, claiming the backing of 56 MLAs. Lone said he had the support of the BJP’s 25 legislators and “more than 18” other members in the 87-seat assembly.

The home minister questioned Mufti’s claim of having secured the support of the Congress. “Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has made a statement that suggests his party had not supported PDP’s bid to form the government. Why did he make that statement if Mufti was right,” Singh asked.

Another senior government functionary claimed that the governor had been considering dissolution of the assembly for the “past three-four days” and there had been no pressure on him from the Centre or any leader to pre-empt Mufti’s bid to form government.

“The governor, it looks, felt there was not a situation where any party had the numbers to form the government,” Singh said. The state has been under governor’s rule since June.

The home minister rejected any notion that the BJP had been spooked by the fact that the PDP, the NC and the Congress had come together to stake a claim for forming a government in J&K. “Where does the question of BJP getting unnerved arise in this case?. It was a decision of the governor,” he said.

The home minister credited Malik for starting the political process in Kashmir.

Singh dismissed concerns that the dissolution of the assembly may lead to another round of uncertainty in Kashmir, and said fresh election will be the obvious next step after Wednesday’s decision.

First Published: Nov 23, 2018 07:04 IST

End of the affair in Jammu and Kashmir: Why BJP dumped PDP



End of the affair in Jammu and Kashmir: Why BJP dumped PDP

The scale of security operations in the Valley, a deteriorating law and order situation, increased cases of attack on security personnel and feedback from party leaders made the BJP decide to pull out, sources say.

INDIA Updated: Jun 20, 2018 07:34 IST

Kumar Uttam
Kumar Uttam
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi on June 13, 2018.
BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi on June 13, 2018. (PTI)

The decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to withdraw from the Jammu and Kashmir government stemmed from its desire to protect its “core support base”, especially in Jammu, avoid future “political costs” at the national level that would have come with staying on in the alliance in the run-up to the 2019 general elections, scale up “internal security operations” both in the state and “across the border”, and exercise direct control through
Governor’s rule, said two party leaders involved in formulating the BJP’s Kashmir strategy.

The BJP had two primary concerns, said one of the leaders quoted above, who is also a Union minister.

First, Mehbooba Mufti’s approach towards issues such as the scale and intensity of security operations was not in sync with the BJP’s, and the divergence was growing.

The ceasefire during Ramzan was announced at her instance and she wanted the gesture to continue even after Eid, he said. The BJP wanted to scale up operations; Mufti wanted to scale them down.

The BJP wanted a muscular approach towards Pakistan; she favoured talks with the western neighbour. A major point of disagreement was the space that security forces should be allowed while operating in the Valley.

The suspicion of foul play in a matter relating to Major Leetul Gogoi and a woman, reports about trouble-makers from the Valley being let off without much action, a deteriorating law and order situation, increased cases of attack on security personnel and feedback from party leaders made the BJP decide to pull out.

“2017 was largely peaceful and many terrorist were eliminated,” the minister said. “2018 turned out to the bad.” The government was, he said, carrying out offensives across the line of control, but the PDP was not forthcoming in dealing with the elements on this side of the border.

All this prompted the second concern in the BJP: the growing unease among its “nationalist” constituency in Jammu and outside that the party was going “soft”. The party, the second leader said, realised the need to reach out to this support base, which gave it an unprecedented 25 assembly seats in the November-December 2014 election.

“J&K is an emotive issue for our supporters – from Kanyakumari to Kashmir,” the second leader said. “Concerns of our support base, and its growing sense of hurt, were factored in before pulling the plug on the alliance,” the minister said.

Governor’s rule, which will bring the state under the Centre’s direct control, helps the BJP address both its concerns.

First, the first BJP leader and Union Minister said, the central political leadership will give security forces more elbow room to operate. The offensive will grow both “across the Line of Control” and “in the Valley”, to flush out troublemakers. “The ceasefire helped us identify who wanted peace, and who wanted to create trouble,” a senior government official said.

Any increase in the offensive against Pakistan, terror groups sponsored by it, the separatist and other terror outfit helps BJP address its second concern.

More direct control also helps the BJP in deciding how money is spent between the three regions of J&K: Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. “In three years, the outgoing government could not spend even Rs 35,000 crore, out of total 1 lakh crore of the Kashmir package,” the first BJP leader said.

“We have ensured that J&K gets sufficient funds for its development projects and there is equitable distribution of resources between the three regions,” Jitendra Singh, a junior minister in Prime Minister’s office, said.

This motivation — of enabling unimpeded security operations to ramp up political advantage or “avoid political costs” — led the BJP to withdraw support and clear the way to bring Jammu and Kashmir under direct control of the Central government.

There Is A Video War Being Played Out In Kashmir


Video vs Video: The other war playing out in Kashmir

INDIA Updated: Apr 17, 2017 07:39 IST

Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Kashmir unrest

Protesters clash with police and paramilitary soldiers during a protest after Friday prayers in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

A grainy short video shot with a cellphone shows Wali Mohammed Bhat, a supporter of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), apologising profusely and shouting anti-India slogans at gunpoint.The petrified Kashmiri man is heard saying he has long quit all political activities.

In another similar video, a group of security men are seen pinning a youth in a red vest to the ground. His hands are tied behind his back, and the men are beating his legs with sticks.

He screams: “Paani … maafi (water… mercy).”

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The two clips were uploaded on social media on Sunday and quickly became the most shared, watched and commented items online in militancy-riddled Jammu and Kashmir as well as the rest of India.

These are from a long line of videos showing the two stark realities of Kashmir — alleged atrocities of a hardnosed establishment trying to bulldoze the insurgency, and the threats, brickbats and stones that people on the non-separatist side of the political divide face in the Valley.

This is Unacceptable ! Cant do this to our CRPF jawaans .This rot has to stop. Badtameezi ki hadd hai.

The troubled region’s pro- and anti-separatist battle is fought through videos — a quick-reaction psychological weapon that is exploding on social networks more often lately, especially after the protest-blighted by-elections to the Srinagar parliamentary seat on April 9.

At least eight people died in the unrest and hundreds were wounded as security forces fired at and caned crowds that tried to disrupt the bypoll in response to a separatist call to boycott the democratic process.

The video of an armed CRPF trooper being kicked and booed by a group of youth when he was returning from bypoll duty with his colleagues became a nationwide television debate.

Another Socking & Outrageous Video from occupied . Indian Brutality & oppression on its peak

The men in uniform do nothing to the hecklers. They walk on. Their action is peddled on the loop in national television as an epitome of restraint shown by the armed forces.

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The tide turns on April 13 as another explosive clip surfaced. It shows security forces firing at a group, mostly children, throwing stones. The soldiers are seen moving behind a wall, bending, locating the position of the stone-throwers, and firing at a boy. Netizens called it targeted killing.

A day later, a video showed a Kashmiri youth tied to the bonnet of a military jeep as a human shield against stone-throwers. The background audio warns people that “this will be the fate of stone-pelters”.

Here’s the video as well. A warning can be heard saying stone pelters will meet this fate. This requires an urgent inquiry & follow up NOW!!

The video was supposedly shot in Budgam district on April 9 during the bypoll.

Another clip emerged, showing Kashmiri youth protecting a security man who allegedly fell behind from the rest of his troop.

It rained videos last Saturday. One of them shows a child screaming his lungs out as four men in army fatigues beat him mercilessly with sticks. Another one has three Kashmiri youth shouting “Pakistan Murdabad”, allegedly at the behest of a security man, half-visible in the video.

Hindustan Times could not authenticate where and when these videos were shot. But these are having an effect.

Kashmir: Chief Minister Wants J & K To Be A Bridge Of Peace Between India And Pakistan


JAMMU, Dec 1: Peoples Democratic Party president and the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today asserted that the fundamental objective of the party had been to work for making Jammu & Kashmir a bridge of peace between India and Pakistan and build trust between the state and the Centre.

She asked the party cadre to work for achieving the said objectives with all seriousness.

Addressing the General Council meeting of the party here today, Mehbooba said people of Jammu & Kashmir had seen worst of times and PDP, ever since its inception, had been striving for creating a congenial atmosphere to ensure a durable peace, stability and development in the state besides ensuring dignity and honour of its people.

The Chief Minister said the people of the state had been the biggest beneficiaries of peace process between the two countries and unfortunately worst victims of hostility between the two countries. Terming dialogue as the only way forward for minimising hostilities, the Chief Minister said, “We have to go back to the vision and roadmap of late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed which underscores the need for dialogue and discourse for taking Jammu & Kashmir out of the present situation and building a permanent bond of amity between the two neighbouring countries.”

Mehbooba said PDP committed itself to the vision of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and the agenda of peace and dignity set by him for the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. She said the party would continue to carry forward his mission for dignified place to the people of J&K living in all its region and ensuring peace, justice, development and reconciliation.

The party president said PDP reiterated its resolve to once again create an atmosphere congenial to the revival of political process to take Jammu & Kashmir out of the present turmoil. She hoped that from the events of the recent past the state would re-emerge with its trademark resilience and would soon be firmly back on the track of economic reconstruction and strengthening of democratic institutions, which the party had always deemed essential for the solution of state’s problems.

The Chief Minister said her party condemned and rejected use of violence in any form as a means of achieving any goals. She said the recent unfortunate happenings not only resulted in the loss of many precious lives and destruction of property but had also given set back to the process of reconciliation and dialogue. The Chief Minister said the party, however, valued maintenance of communal harmony throughout the state even in moments of provocation and termed it as a land mark addition to the state’s history of tolerance and mutual respect.

She expressed deep concern at the violence along the LoC and the International Border which resulted in tremendous loss to life and property and caused dislocation to large section of the population living in border areas and called for de-escalation on both sides to give peace a chance. She hoped the national leadership, especially the Prime Minister would continue to spearhead the movement for peace and reconciliation started by him in spite of the unfortunate disruptions in the follow-up and attempts to derail it.

The PDP president reiterated her commitment to creation of an atmosphere which would help reconciliation and engagement of all the stake holders of the state and cooperation of all the well wishers of the state including political parties, community leaders, intellectuals and the youth in the larger interests of the state and the region.

Earlier in his welcome address, general secretary, Mohammed Sartaj Madni asked the party cadre to work with zeal for fulfilling the party’s agenda of development and political reconciliation in the state.

In his speech, general secretaries Nizamuddin Bhat and Mehboob Iqbal also addressed the meeting and highlighted the role of the party. The meeting was also addressed by several ministers, legislators, district presidents and zonal presidents.

News Updated at : Friday, December 2, 2016