'Dealing with militants no muscular policy'

Following the imposition of the Governor''s rule in Jammu & Kashmir, Congress leaders have expressed fears that it might result in return of the "muscular policy" to deal with the Kashmir problem.

PTI
New Delhi, Publish Date: Jun 23 2018 12:59AM | Updated Date: Jun 23 2018 12:59AM
'Dealing with militants no muscular policy'File Photo

Hitting out at Congress and human rights groups, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday that dealing with militants who refuse to surrender is not "muscular policy" but a law and order issue which cannot wait for political solution.

Following the imposition of the Governor's rule in Jammu & Kashmir, Congress leaders have expressed fears that it might result in return of the "muscular policy" to deal with the Kashmir problem.

"At times we get caught in the idioms that we create. One such phrase is "muscular policy in Kashmir". To deal with a killer is also a law and order issue. It can't wait a political solution.

"A sucide attacker is willing to die. He is also willing to kill. Should he be dealt with by offering Satyagraha before him? When he advances to kill, should the security forces that confront him, ask him to sit on a table and have dialogue with them?" Jaitley raised the question in his Facebook post.

Jaitley's comments come days after BJP pulled out of an alliance with PDP in J&K, leading to imposition of the Governor's rule in the state. Former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti too had said that "muscular security policy will not work in J&K" and reconciliation was the key to resolve the problems in the state.

Jaitley said the policy should be to protect the ordinary citizen of the Valley, get him freedom from the violence and provide him with a better quality of life and environment.

"It is paramount to protect India's sovereignty and the right to life of its citizens," he said.

Jaitley regretted that the front human rights organisation which have been taken over by the ultra-left have never spoken about the deprivation of the human rights of the innocent citizens who are victims of their violence.

"They have never a tear to shed in the indiscriminate killing of the security personnel," he said.

Even though the Congress Party historically and ideologically would have been opposed to such human rights groups, they have earned a sympathy in Rahul Gandhi's heart, Jaitley said, adding that Gandhi had no qualms about joining those who raised subversive slogans at JNU and Hyderabad.

The minister said, “One of the worst victims of Pakistan's misconceived Kashmir policy has been the resident of Kashmir.”

  • More in this Category
  • MeToo effect: M J Akbar resigns as minister

    MeToo effect: M J Akbar resigns as minister

    Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar stepped down Wednesday in the face of mounting pressure following a spate of allegations of sexual harassment against him by several women journalists, who welcomed his resignation as a "vindication".

x
This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant news and ads. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.That's Fine