SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief has stated that the separatist Hurriyat Conference is “finished” in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan is making attempts to keep it alive.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police Dilbagh Singh addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Monday, January 20, 2020.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“Hurriyat (Conference) is finished in Jammu and Kashmir,” Dilbagh Singh, the DGP is reported to have told reporters on the sidelines of a police-managed cricket tournament on Monday. “To keep it alive, its chapter was opened in Pakistan and they are giving bandh calls from there.”

To the Hurriyat strike call, Singh said that the people in Kashmir responded with a “tight slap” by rejecting their bandh calls. This, he said, was evident from the fact that there was no strike on August 5, and August 15. Article 370 was read down on August 5, 2019. “August 15 was celebrated in a befitting manner all across the Jammu and Kashmir, from Kishtwar to Kathua and in the Kashmir valley with people hoisting the national flag on their homes.” He said he saw it personally when he visited remote Karnah and Keran along the Line of Control where the tricolour is still seen fluttering from the top of every house.

Singh said the people in Jammu and Kashmir want peace and have understood how Pakistan is misleading the youth. “Pakistan is misusing social media which is under watch 24×7 and we are frustrating their designs,” Singh was quoted as saying.



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