Emboldened by Mufti, militants strike at will: Congress

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Congress Legislative Party leader Nawang Rigzin Jora Saturday alleged said the two consecutive attacks by the militants – first in Kathua yesterday and second in Samba today – is the direct fall out of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed playing footsie with Pakistan, separatist and militants and the failure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in reigning in Mufti.

“Emboldened by Mufti Sayed’s statement immediately after the oath ceremony where he thanked Pakistan, separatist and Hurriyat, the militants are now striking at will. The BJP which had all along claimed to be the sole guardian of national interest needing no lessons from anybody as claimed by PM Modi in the Parliament recently, watches haplessly,” Jora said in a statement to KNS.

“If this confused policy of the PDP-BJP govt is allowed to be further confounded, the people of the state will have to prepare themselves to witness revival of terrorism in the state once again,” he warned.

Jora exhorted that all the gains of the past 12 years where the Congress factor in the government cannot be allowed to go down the drain when people of the state had reached peace dividends in terms of economic prosperity and accelerated development thanks to former PM Manmohan Singh’s reconstruction package.

He accused BJP led NDA government at the centre of lacking a coherent policy with regard to Pakistan and handling of separatist and militants in J&K. “NDA stand at best can be described as swinging from one end of the pendulum to the other end. One moment, there is bonhomie with PM Modi inviting Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharief for oath ceremony followed by exchange of gifts of shawl and sari between the two leaders to be followed by suspension of talks between the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries on the lame excuse of Hurriyat leaders meeting Pakistan High Commissioner,” he said.

This was, Jora pointed out, followed again by an unexpected phone call by PM Modi to Nawaz Sharief and sending his Foreign Secretary to Pakistan. “Can somebody explain what is going on? Can the foreign policy of a large democratic country run on impulsive mood swings of the PM? Or should it be run on well thought out, well calibrated policy framework,” he asked.

Jora exhorted “Either you talk or don’t talk. If you do talk, do so with some well thought out objective and out comes.”

He expressed doubts if the talks can yield anything substantive especially in the light of the recent assertion by PM in the parliament of implementing the parliamentary resolution “in letter and spirit.”

“The chief Minister Mufti Sayeed who as the home minister imposed AFSPA in J&K is now talking of its withdrawal. Does Mufti want our officers and jawans of security forces to be canon fodder for the militants just so that he can please his sympathizer sin Pakistan and the separatist in the state. Politics cannot be allowed to take precedence over national security exhorted Jora,” he said.

Blaming Mufti for the dastardly attacks, Jora asked BJP to explain whether they are not compromising national security interest in aligning with PDP. Accusing Mufti of being soft on separatist and militants Jora pointed that he chose to call militants non- state-actors instead of militants, “as if this will lessen their crime.”

“Statecraft demands leaders to come up with programmed and policies for the well being of the citizens instead of platitudes of appeasement,” said Jora.

 

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