Rawat’s Kashmir summation not taken well by JK opposition
Srinagar, Jan 18: Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s statement on Kashmir has drawn a mixed response from opposition.
Rawat, who was speaking at the Raisina Dialogue 2018 event in New Delhi, had said that “people of Kashmir are getting tired of militancy, which has not given them what they desired for.”
Senior Congress Leader, Nawang Rigzin Jora said the statement was totally in contrast to the situation present on the ground.
“The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can better comment on the statement. We are in the opposition,” he added.
Jora said the number of youth joining the militancy has increased manifold.
Additional Secretary National Conference (NC), Mustafa Kamal, said the statement was “ridiculous”.
“First the central government said the situation has been brought under control with surgical strikes. Then it said the demonetization and GST pushed militancy and stone pelting down,” he said.
“They have been saying that they would give a befitting reply to Pakistan. The issue is in the United Nations, where they cannot do anything.”
Kamal said such statements would yield nothing on the ground.
“We are angry mainstream. There is a state government serving through the constitution. We are angry, because we are in sync with New Delhi,” he said.
He said New Delhi dismissed the elected governments on a number of occasions.
“In 1953, 1977 and 1984, the elected governments were dismissed, resulting in public anger. They want to solve the political issue through a military solution. The spirit is still alive. They have been back tracking, trying to break the will of the people,” he said.
Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) Supremo and Member Legislative Assembly (MLA) Langate, Er Rashid, said truth has to prevail.
“Kashmiris have been fighting for their genuine rights. The resolution cannot be avoided always,” he said.