February 2017 News

Control On Mosques, Madrasas & Media Needed, Says MHA's Report

25 February 2017

New Delhi: An assessment report prepared by the union government over the situation prevailing in the Kashmir Valley has suggested a need to control mosques and madrasas, reported Indian Express. Though the government report has not made any reference to Pakistan, it has suggested the need to control of the mosque, madrasa, print and TV media, strengthening of intelligence set-up and reaching out to the moderate faction of Hurriyat, said the IE report. The report, compiled after securing inputs from the ground, suggests long-term 'actionable points' and has been sent to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, the report said quoting sources. The Centre's report has also listed TV channels as pro and anti-India and newspapers that it says should be promoted for 'perception management'. It also stated that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting needed to revive its Jammu and Kashmir division that is largely defunct. The report said that those indulging in stone-pelting incidents need to be booked under Public Safety Act. It also suggested reviving the Special Operation Group (SOG) to tackle militants from across the border. A week after warning of tough action against those impeding counterinsurgency operations in Kashmir, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat asked security agencies to synergise efforts to effectively deal with the problem of stone-pelting during operations, an army official said. The army chief had on February 15, while paying tributes to soldiers killed during two encounters a day earlier in Kashmir, warned of tough action against those civilians who were impeding the counter-insurgency operations in the Valley by resorting to stone-pelting.