Mufti Seeks BJP Ministers’ ‘Visibility’ in State



For smooth functioning of the coalition government, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is learnt to have discussed with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval the “invisibility” of BJP ministers in the state, saying that his colleagues from coalition partner BJP are usually seen spending much time in New Delhi than in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources told KNS that for translating his vision of equitable development into reality Chief Minister has desired that his ministers should play an active role in ensuing an era of development in the state.

Doval who was on a two day visit to Kashmir till yesterday has had detailed meetings with Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister and heads of security agencies.

The NSA too had an exclusive detailed meeting with BJP ministers and is learnt to have directed them to give full support to the Chief Minister in every possible way. Doval, as per sources, has conveyed to Mufti Sayeed that the Union Government still believes in his political capabilities of leading the state towards a new era of peace and development.

While assuring Mufti Sayeed of Union Government’s full financial support through a comprehensive package, Doval is learnt to have sorted out the details of New Delhi’s proposed financial package of Rs 1000 crore to Jammu and Kashmir.

While conveying Union Government’s concern over “radicalisation of Kashmiri youth” and joining of young educated boys into militancy, Doval, as per sources, has directed the state administration to act very tough against the “anti-peace elements”.

Sources added that he has asked the state government to re-open cases against separatists and against who are responsible for luring young boys into militancy.

Known for doling out cutting-edge strategies for tackling extremism in various parts of India including Kashmir, the National Security Advisor, as per sources, is learnt to have directed the state government not to depute police officers in districts merely on political considerations, but only trained and professional officers be given charge of districts so that the “seemingly volatile situation could be checked at the earliest”.  It means the appointment of district police chiefs has to be approved by security experts in New Delhi before state government issues the final order, sources added.

Doval has also asked the security agencies, particularly top brass of state police, to go deep into the matter as why ISIS and Pakistan flags are repeatedly being raised in Valley and identify the actual forces behind such activities. He, as per sources, has expressed anguish over the fact that children below 18 -years of age were involved in the waving such flags.

The NSA has underlined the need for strong coordination among police and army in dealing with the challenge of militancy in Kashmir.


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