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October 09, 2021 |

Even as Union Home Minister Amit Shah called Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to Delhi for consultation and review of security situation in panic gripped Kashmir in the wake of civilian killings and in particular members of minority community targeted by gunmen in planned way, all eyes are on the crucial outcome of the high level meeting in the home ministry as cries for action are coming from Pandit community in rest of the country and abroad. The situation could turn ugly as seen in Anantnag when paramilitary CRPF forces fired upon a civilian when he tried to jump the barricades and in haste shot him dead. One killing after another would spiral and the situation could go out of hand if not nipped in the bud. The call to act against perpetrators of the inhuman killings stems from the fear psychosis that has gripped Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs after a woman principal and teacher from Jammu was targeted in broad daylight with reports indicating that gunmen had demanded identity cards from the victims before killing them. Reminiscent of Punjab style killings in late 1980s and early 1990s when gunmen there would hijack buses and separate Hindus from Sikhs and massacre them on road. Kashmir too witnessed killings of Pandits in Wandhama, Nandimarg, Sikhs in Chattisinghpora, Hindus in Kuland Doda and Muslims in Bijbehara, Gawkadal, Sopore and other places in Kashmir leaving behind trail and tale of agony and pain.  There have been changes in government at Centre but at ground level in Kashmir over four decades, situation seem to have gone to square one and no politician can claim to have peaceful Kashmir during these years or during their reign as civilian killings were rampant from 2008-2017 when Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti ruled the state. To the extent hundreds of youth lost their vision due to pellet shots during National Conference and People’s Democratic Party rule. The blame game in the time of grief should end as visiting victim’s residences for mere photo opportunities or media bites means nothing  for those who were the targets of killers. The fear is palpable on the streets of Srinagar as Kashmiri Pandits have started moving to Jammu with the administration extending a breather in the form of holidays for the employees from Jammu. There has to be an immediate check on the mass movement of the minority members which could invite trouble for those Kashmiris working outside and the situation would play as the gunmen at large wanted, to instill fear among outsiders.  There are forces inimical to peace as their vested interest has grown over the years and they wan’t to keep the pot boiling no matter what repercussions it would have on Kashmiri Muslims. There are visible silent voices and sobs for the victims as humanity is targeted rather than humans and innocents always bear the brunt of the volatile situations as could be witnessed from cries of daughter of Makhal Lal Bindroo who sought debate with the killer of her father and quoted Holy Quran when her father was being cremated. Similar voices of mother of Principal Supinder, widow of teacher Deepak or mother of Muslim driver and Dalit vendor Paswan’s widow could echo in the vale of Kashmir seeking answers to the most of important query: What was our fault?

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Security Concerns

October 09, 2021 |

Even as Union Home Minister Amit Shah called Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to Delhi for consultation and review of security situation in panic gripped Kashmir in the wake of civilian killings and in particular members of minority community targeted by gunmen in planned way, all eyes are on the crucial outcome of the high level meeting in the home ministry as cries for action are coming from Pandit community in rest of the country and abroad. The situation could turn ugly as seen in Anantnag when paramilitary CRPF forces fired upon a civilian when he tried to jump the barricades and in haste shot him dead. One killing after another would spiral and the situation could go out of hand if not nipped in the bud. The call to act against perpetrators of the inhuman killings stems from the fear psychosis that has gripped Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs after a woman principal and teacher from Jammu was targeted in broad daylight with reports indicating that gunmen had demanded identity cards from the victims before killing them. Reminiscent of Punjab style killings in late 1980s and early 1990s when gunmen there would hijack buses and separate Hindus from Sikhs and massacre them on road. Kashmir too witnessed killings of Pandits in Wandhama, Nandimarg, Sikhs in Chattisinghpora, Hindus in Kuland Doda and Muslims in Bijbehara, Gawkadal, Sopore and other places in Kashmir leaving behind trail and tale of agony and pain.  There have been changes in government at Centre but at ground level in Kashmir over four decades, situation seem to have gone to square one and no politician can claim to have peaceful Kashmir during these years or during their reign as civilian killings were rampant from 2008-2017 when Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti ruled the state. To the extent hundreds of youth lost their vision due to pellet shots during National Conference and People’s Democratic Party rule. The blame game in the time of grief should end as visiting victim’s residences for mere photo opportunities or media bites means nothing  for those who were the targets of killers. The fear is palpable on the streets of Srinagar as Kashmiri Pandits have started moving to Jammu with the administration extending a breather in the form of holidays for the employees from Jammu. There has to be an immediate check on the mass movement of the minority members which could invite trouble for those Kashmiris working outside and the situation would play as the gunmen at large wanted, to instill fear among outsiders.  There are forces inimical to peace as their vested interest has grown over the years and they wan’t to keep the pot boiling no matter what repercussions it would have on Kashmiri Muslims. There are visible silent voices and sobs for the victims as humanity is targeted rather than humans and innocents always bear the brunt of the volatile situations as could be witnessed from cries of daughter of Makhal Lal Bindroo who sought debate with the killer of her father and quoted Holy Quran when her father was being cremated. Similar voices of mother of Principal Supinder, widow of teacher Deepak or mother of Muslim driver and Dalit vendor Paswan’s widow could echo in the vale of Kashmir seeking answers to the most of important query: What was our fault?


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Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
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Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
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