Simmering South

April 9, 2018 EDITORIAL 83 Views
Simmering South

Jammu and Kashmir is going through a very tough time because of the ongoing situation. From south to north to central parts of Kashmir, people are agitating against the recent civilian and militant killings. From some years, the southern part of Kashmir region – which also houses chief minister’s home constituency is simmering. With the recent audio and video clips released by the militants, police fear that it would attract more and more youth from the area to join the militant ranks. South Kashmir has become a major challenge for police and paramilitary forces due to continuous and sporadic incidents of violence and protests that often keep the region on the boil. For some years now, there has been an increase in the number of militancy related incidents followed by the counter-insurgency operations. CASO, cordon and search operation, by forces in South Kashmir has become a notorious process, as people have lodged numerous complaints against the forces, alleging that their houses are ransacked and inmates are also beaten at times. Ransacking houses and beating of civilians is no procedure has become order of the day. Even in chief minster’s own constituency has been witnessing hue and cry over many issues. People are being mistreated forced to take extreme steps. Armed forces have no role or say in regional politics; therefore the onus is on the political leadership of the state to mend fences in the south. People while holding a sit-in here demanded removal of the forces camp, and it was only after the intervention of Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Ghulam Mohammad Dar that things simmered down. South Kashmir remained a challenge for the previous government too, though the law and order problem exacerbated towards the end of the term. It hasn’t shown any remission despite the change of the government and assurances from the political leadership to address the root cause and extension of its reach. The dominant opinion of the people of South Kashmir is that the region has been neglected and even punished for “political aspirations” of the people. If the problem highlighted needs to be politically addressed, it lessens both the role and scope of military operations, which unfortunately is not the view shared by the military top brass. It has led to a perpetual battle between militants and armed forces wherein ordinary civilians also have to bear the brunt. Militants, as in this case, fire shots or engage with the armed forces and the forces in turn go on the rampages to find and flush the militants from their hiding places.

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