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Rising militancy in J&K
PDP-BJP regime must nip terror in the bud
The report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs by the security agencies from Jammu & Kashmir is signaling a constant surge in terror related activities in the State in 2016 in comparison to previous years. It seems the cancellation of diplomatic initiatives with militants by the Centre is being blamed for the current rise of militancy and the gradual shifting of sides by the moderate faction of the Kashmiri separatists towards hardline secessionism. As the report underlines that alienation is on the rise and anger against the PDP-BJP ruling coalition Government of the State is deepening, it is time that the Union Government opens all the channels for restarting the talks with the Hurriyat Conference and engaging other stakeholders like that of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.
The NDA and the State Government of Jammu & Kashmir should make a fresh attempt to look into the major grievances of the people of the State besides the former making all efforts to bring back normalcy by invoking a sense of security, safety and rapid development to it. It is felt that having a political dispensation that is friendly to the Centre; the Union Government must not allow the terrorists stoking fear in the Kashmir Valley and spreading the rage towards Jammu region. It is golden opportunity for the Modi Government to redouble its efforts for peace talks with the moderate factions of the militants while making the hardliners feel that there would be no compromise at all when it comes to national security. At a time when the Mehbooba Mufti Government is working hand in hand with the Centre, Modi must not leave any chance for feeling the people particularly in the valley that the BJP Government is unwilling to understand Kashmir from a political perspective or is burying the vision of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee while wading through the troubled waters of the State.
However, an increase of 65 per cent in infiltration and in fresh recruitments of militants, 47 per cent in militancy related incidents and 51 per cent in stone pelting incidents during the first six months of this year is alarming. The slow rise in local recruitment since the beginning of this year and a constant rise on the same direction from 2013 must be taken seriously by the MHA. The State security agencies have underlined ‘competitive radicalisation and attempts at communalisation' responsible for spurt in terror activities.
Indeed, radicalisation efforts are classified as political radicalisation by Hurriyat, religious by socio-religious groups and finally online radicalisation by social media. Ironically, media intimidation was recorded as one of the reason for rising unrest along with the role played by some mullahs. Apart from the traditional security related syndromes, a sustained concern has been raised in regard to two new symptoms in the report: First, massive public participation in funerals of slain militants and the disruption of operations against militants by civilian population. Currently, the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Hizbul Muzahideen being at the top, others posing threat are Jaish-e-Mohammad and Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islam. As the valley is slowly simmering into militancy and Jammu is witnessing more terror attacks, the Union Government must take the report seriously and initiate action.
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