J&K passing through critical phase; Pak aiding terror, infiltration: Guv

Governor Satya Pal Malik salutes tricolor during Republic Day parade in Jammu.
Governor Satya Pal Malik salutes tricolor during Republic Day parade in Jammu.

‘Violence no solution to any problem’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 27: Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that Jammu and Kashmir was passing through critical phase and youth of the State wanted success, happiness and satisfaction but some of them including professionally educated youth have taken to the guns, increasing problems of the people of Kashmir.
In his address on Republic Day Parade at Jammu University Ground, his first in Jammu and Kashmir as the Governor, Malik sent out a strong message to the militants and separatists that mindless violence was no solution to any problem and it has already taken lots of lives
“Jammu and Kashmir has been passing through crucial phase. Youth in the State want to have success, happiness and satisfaction but it’s sad that some of them including professionally educated youth have taken to gun, resulting into problems for the people of the Valley,’’ Malik said in an apparent reference to a scholar, engineer and brother of an IPS officer, who was also pursuing medical studies, joining militancy and getting killed during gun battles with security forces.
Asserting that many lives have been lost to the mindless violence, he squarely blamed Pakistan, albeit without naming the neighbouring country saying the neighbour was aiding and abetting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir but the armed forces were engaged in giving befitting reply to the enemy, both on the borders as well as hinterland.
“The neighbouring country was engaged in disturbing peace in Jammu and Kashmir by helping the militants. Infiltration attempts on Line of Control (LoC) as well as International Border (IB) are being made repeatedly by the militants. Not only this, ceasefire violations were also on increase on the borders,’’ Malik said, adding that continuous firing on the borders has increased problems of the people living there but the Government was committed to mitigate sufferings of the border dwellers.
Lauding security forces for maintaining strict vigil and alertness on the borders as well as hinterland, he said the armed forces were operating in very tough terrain and difficult areas and have undertaken large number of operations against the militants during the past one year.
“Massive operations have been undertaken against the militants. Large number of militants have been neutralized,’’ Malik said.
The Governor saluted brave jawans of Army, police and all other security agencies for tackling the situation and sacrificing their lives for the sake of maintaining peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
He also appreciated the civil and police administration for peaceful conduct of Panchayat and Municipal elections in the State which, he said, would strengthen democratic process in the State.
“Panchayat and Municipal elections were held in the State last year after several years, which will restore democracy at grass root level. The elections will lead to peace and development,’’ the Governor said, adding that there was larger participation of the people in the elections.