Pakistan for zero tolerance to terrorism, opposes demilitarization
16 March 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: President Aromatic Plants Growers Association of India (APGAI) and Nationalistic Congress Party (NCP) president Th. Randhir Singh has demanded that joint teams of Revenue, Horticulture and other allied departments be constituted to assess the damage caused to Strawberry, almounds and other fruits and standing crops in Jammu and Kashmir state due to recent heavy rains. Talking to mediapersons here today, along with president Strawberry Growers Association J&K chief, Sham Singh, he demanded that the growers whose crops were damaged be paid full compensation and their bank loans be waived off. He said the growers in Jammu have raised over Rs one crore loan from banks and due to extensive damage to their crops they are unable to refund the same. Strongly pleading for launching of market intervention scheme for strawberry for procurement of B and C Grade strawberries for extraction of juice. He further demanded that State Government should provide matching grant of 20 percent as provided by National Horticulture Board (NHB), Ministry of Agriculture Government of India. He said that Aromatic Plants Growers Association of India (APGAI), promoted by Ministry of Agriculture Government of India can help the state Government in this regard but J&K Government has not shown any interest in this regard till date. He also demanded launching of crop insurance scheme in J&K for which the Government should bear the premium. PK for zero tolerance to terrorism, opposes demilitarization Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU, Mar 16 Panun Kashmir (PK) has called upon the Government to ensure that there is zero level tolerance to terrorism and selective pro separatist discourse on human rights is defeated as it breeds terrorism. Addressing a press conference, along with PK thinktank, Dr M K Teng, All Kashmiri Pandit Solidarity Conference (AKPSC) chief, O N Trisal, Panun Kashmir chairman, Dr Ajay Chrangoo also demanded that all ambiguities in Government’s policy which bear implications of undermining sovereignty and integrity of the nation should be shunned. Alleging that there is a clear link between the sordid political campaigns on the issues of demilitarization, custodial killings and release of Afzal Guru, being conducted in Kashmir Valley for quite some time, he warned against demilitarization and linking it to resolution of Kashmir issue. Expressing serious concern over the Government’s role on these issues, Dr Chrangoo said the campaign launched by separatists and some main stream political parties in this regard are aimed to undermine the locus standi of Indian state in Jammu and Kashmir. 'India is being painted as a colonial power and security forces as an occupational forces. The campaign launched by these so- called forces is also aimed at reducing the moral space for all the operations against the menance of terrorism,' he added. Welcoming the recent clarification of Government of India on demilitarization, Dr Chrangoo however said it is not adequate. He alleged that GOI has nourished many dangerous ambiguities while pursuing the peace process with Pakistan and the separatists in the state. He accused the Centre for itself flaunting the reduction of security forces as a sop for the forward movement of dialogue with Pakistan and the separatists. This attitude has definitely encouraged the campaign of demilitarization, he added. Mr Chrangoo, while calling upon the Government and mainstream political parties to take note of these observations urged them to galvanize and face the separatist campaign from within and from outside comprehensively. He also alleged that no efforts have been made by the Government to trace over half a dozen members of the community who are reportedly missing since 1990.