Summer Unrest Will Not Be Allowed This Year: Omar13 January 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the unrests that rocked the Kashmir valley every summer for the past three years will not be allowed to be repeated this year and any attempt to disturb peace will be defeated. 'We will not allow the repeat of events that unfolded over past three summers on one pretext or the other. We will defeat the people who have started preparations for creating unrest in (coming) summer,' Omar said. He was addressing the passing out parade of cadets at Police Training College at Sheeri, 65 kms from Srinagar, in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, where over 1,150 cadets graduated as constables and commandos after a year-long training. Without naming any group or individual, the Chief Minister said, 'Even today people are planning to disturb the law and order situation...Not everyone wants peace here.' Asserting that the atmosphere in the Kashmir valley was improving, Omar said yesterday’s recruitment drive in Srinagar’s old city was a sign of improvement in the law and order situation. The Chief Minister said it was impossible for him to think of visiting old Srinagar city during the summer unrest, but today 'I went to Zaina Kadal (in Srinagar) to inaugurate a Community Centre, which is a positive step.' Stressing on the implementation of non-lethal ways of riot control, Omar said the Jammu and Kashmir Police was facing a difficult task and many challenges. 'There is no other police force in the country like you are. Jammu and Kashmir police faces so many challenges not on one front but on several fronts,' he said. Earlier, Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda while addressing the newly inducted police personnel said that in 2010 the State recorded the lowest ever militancy-related incidents in the last 21 years. 'In 2010, all-time low militancy-related incidents were recorded. Other parameters of militancy are also on decline,' Khoda said. He said as a result of the 'law and order experience' during the 2010 summer unrest, the training of police personnel has been changed and stress has been laid on riot control techniques and use of non-lethal weapons. 'Special training has been provided to them in use of personnel riot control gear and non-lethal weapons and the aim is to protect the lives of civilians while maintaining law and order,' he said. In Srinagar Omar today appealed BJP to shun its plan of hoisting national tricolor at Lal Chowk on Republic Day as the law and order situation in the Valley has improved after many serious endeavors and hard work. 'I appeal the BJP that it is after serious endeavours that situation in Kashmir has improved. They should not create trouble and stop the Yatra as they have no benefit by continuing it,' Omar told reporters at the sidelines of a function in downtown Srinagar. Omar inaugurated two storey Shahi-Hamdan Community Centre at Chalpan Kocha in Zaina Kadal area amid tight security arrangements as this was his first visit to interior city after last year's summer unrest. The appeal of the Chief Minister coincided with a call for Lal Chowk march, given by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik to counter the BJP's plan of flag hoisting at the historic place. The Chief Minister said the rightwing party has been exposed for their intention to create trouble in the Valley. 'It is strange that after 19 years, when BJP hoisted flag in Lal Chowk in 1992, it has again struck to them (BJP) to hoist the flag in Lal Chowk. It has exposed their intention of creating trouble,' he said after inaugurating the community centre which was completed at a cost of Rs 1.19 crore, having all facilities for accommodating about 1500 persons. The Chief Minister appealed the BJP to stop the yatra as the situation in Kashmir has improved after many serious endeavours and hard work. Referring to the separatists, Omar said the candid admission of a Hurriyat Conference leader on the killings of his colleagues should be an eye-opener for separatists who should enter a dialogue with Centre for resolving Kashmir issue and put an end to bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir. 'This is an eye opener for all and time has come to stop all kinds of bloodshed in Kashmir and (they should) play a pro-active role to solve Kashmir issue through dialogue,' he said. The Chief Minister said the Government was earlier silent about the killers who killed several Hurriyat leaders but it is now their own leader who has exposed them and clarified who 'martyred' Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and others. Former Hurriyat Conference chairman Abdul Gani Bhat created a flutter in separatist circles on January 3 when he said that Farooq, father of present Mirwaiz, and his separatist colleague Abdul Gani Lone were not killed by security forces but by 'our own people'. 'The separatist groups including the one led by hard line leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani should read the writing on the wall and join the dialogue process,' Omar said adding 'Whether it is Hurriyat-G (Geelani faction) or Hurriyat-M (Mirwaiz faction), they should read writing on wall and realize that dialogue is the only solution of all the issues.' Apparently referring to Hurriyat hawk, the Chief Minister said separatists should give up their double standards on dialogue. 'Those who have double standard should desist from it. When they can meet (Parliamentarians) Ramvilas Paswan and D Raja, why they should shy to meet Interlocutors?' Omar asked. He said the Centre has given full mandate to the team of three Interlocutors headed by veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar for finding a political solution to Kashmir issue. 'Whatever recommendations they will make, the Centre will consider them positively,' he added. The Chief Minister said introduction and use of gun and politics of strikes in Kashmir over the years has not yielded anything in terms of progress in the resolution of Kashmir issue. Earlier, addressing the public rally, the Chief Minister said the State Government, keeping in view the historical importance of the old city, has launched various developmental activities in and around the city, conducted on spot recruitment drives which will continue in future as well, given directions to concerned departments for new initiatives for uplift of artisans of Shehr-i-Khaas and enrich and upgrade its already deteriorated lanes and by lanes and roads. Omar said it was malicious intention in past that Srinagar city particularly Shehri Khaas was ignored and lesser funds were earmarked for its development. 'But immediately after I took over as Chief Minister, I kept Srinagar particularly Shehri Khaas as one of my top priorities', he added. Omar said as part of the initiative to render justice to all areas of the State, for the first time Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda himself conducted on spot recruitment in Khanyar area yesterday. He said other departments would be instructed to do the same. Referring to protests held by opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP), Omar said the party had done nothing to improve the power scenario in the State during its six-year rule. 'Those people who are coming out with lanterns and raising hue and cry about electricity shortage, I want ask them what they have done during their rule for power, for Srinagar,' Omar said. While work is being taken up on several power projects to improve the supply position, he appealed people to use electricity judiciously and as per agreement. 'The work on two important power projects in Kathua and Baghliar-II is being taken up soon to improve the power scenario in the State,' he said adding the previous Government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed stopped the work on Baghliar and Sawalakote Projects initiated by Dr Farooq Abdullah. Omar reiterated his promise with the people of Shehri Khaas that his Government would develop the Shehri Khaas on the modern lines and said that a satellite township and plots would be provided to decongest areas so that they could also prosper in all ways. Meanwhile, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik gave a call for Lal Chowk march on January 26, as he accused the national party of being bent upon setting the entire sub-continent on fire. 'Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed land and not anybody's personal property. The people of the State are the real masters of the land and will march to Lal Chowk on January 26 to show the world whose flag is going to be hoisted at the city centre,' Malik said in a statement here. Reacting to the statement of BJP president Nitin Gadkari while flagging off the 'Rashtriya Ekta Yatra' in Kolkata yesterday, he said the BJP leaders are playing vote bank politics. Malik said the remarks of Gadkari show his 'political dishonesty' and indicative of the double standards of the party. 'When BJP was in power, it started peace initiative not only with Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership as well at their door steps. Now they are bent upon to hoist a flag in Lal Chowk to set the entire sub-continent on fire,' the JKLF leader said. He said 'whatever Gadkari said in Kolkatta is nothing but an open war against the Kashmiris. The unyielding Kashmiris who have rendered supreme sacrifices cannot be cowed down by threats of Gadkari and other BJP leaders.' 'BJP should restrict its negative politics within India otherwise the entire sub-continent will be in flames,' he said adding the party should also understand that it cannot force Kashmiris to submission.