Jammu, Jan 24: Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik, on Thursday, said that every killing in Kashmir, even that of militants, pains him since killing them “won’t solve the real issue”.
“I am pained over every killing even that of militants’. Militant killings won’t end the real problem of Kashmir,” the governor said while talking to the media on the sidelines of 9th Sat Paul Sahni Memorial Lecture on ethics and the media organised by Indian Institute of Public Administration.
The Governor said his administration was making all efforts for the return of youth, who have joined militant ranks.
“I think militancy is not in guns but in brains. We are trying to remove the militancy that is hitting the brains. We ask them (militants) to return so that they are rehabilitated and shun the path of militancy,” he said.
Malik was replying to the killing of three LeT militants in Baramulla district on Wednesday.
The Governor also complimented the forces for carrying out the gunfight operations amid freezing cold.“Our forces are working under difficult conditions. I am doing my best to provide them all the facilities they deserve. When we are sleeping at 3 am, they conduct operations in snow outside.
The day I joined J&K, I started working for the welfare of forces and I will keep working for them,” the Governor said. Kumar said that he does not need media platforms to compliment them. “The achievements of security forces are always worth praising,” he added.
Kashmir this week saw nine militants getting killed in three days in as many encounters in Budgam, Shopian and Baramulla districts. As per police records, 252 militants, 84 government forces and 44 civilians, were killed in as many as 97 encounters during 2018.