Pakistan has a clear policy on Kashmir, unlike India: Former DGP

Srinagar

Former director-general of police, Jammu and Kashmir, K Rajendra Kumar said on Monday that unlike Pakistan, India doesn’t have a clear policy on Kashmir and that was not a positive sign for the state, reported The Times of India.

Former DGP K. Rajendra Kumar

According to a report published by The Times of India, Kumar was delivering a lecture on “issues facing Jammu and Kashmir police” at the Pune Union of Working Journalist. The lecture was organised by Sarhad, an NGO, which runs schools and colleges for Jammu and Kashmir students in the city.

“Pakistan has a clear policy on Kashmir, even after a change in its government. But, India does not have a similar approach towards Kashmir. We keep changing our approach, time and again, which is not a positive sign for the state,” The Times of India quoted Kumar as having said.

The report quoted Kumar as having said militants groups have been using social media effectively in radicalising the youths in the state. “Unfortunately, we do not have a strong counter mechanism to tackle social media threat,” he said.

Kumar expressed concern over the change in the ideology of the people. “A few decades ago, people in Kashmir used to say that neither do they want to join Pakistan nor stay with India. They were demanding ‘Azadi’ (freedom) but now they have changed their approach. Now, they want to convert Jammu and Kashmir into a ‘caliphate’ state,” he said.

The 1984 batch IPS officer said in the course of time the forces did not utilise the ‘surrender policy’ in engaging with militants, effectively. “We have 25,000 surrendered militants in the state. But, we failed to engage with them successfully. Even if 10% of them rethink of joining militancy, it would be a big problem for us. Therefore, we need to work on this aspect of reform and engage with them,” The Times of India quoted Kumar as having said.

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