Don't put Kashmir on fire: Tarigami, Mir, Yaseen urge Government

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, Democratic Party (Nationalist) chief, Ghulam Hassan Mir, and People’s Democratic Front chief, Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen, Sunday said that Kashmir is engulfed in panic and confusion.

In a joint statement, they said, “The panic escalated since Kashmir was already tense for the past few days after the Centre ordered the deployment of 100 companies in the Valley. Massive build-up of security forces, curtailment of Amarnath Yatra and unprecedented advisories issued to tourists, yatris and other civilians created an atmosphere of heightened insecurity and fear and gave rise to speculations about some major decision regarding the state’s special status in the offing.”

“Even during the peak of militancy, Amarnath Yatra was never cancelled, tourists had been never driven out and panic was never allowed unchecked on the streets of the Valley. Why were more forces rushed to Kashmir when the government was claiming that the situation on the ground has improved since last year?” the leaders said.

They added that although Parliament is in session, the central government has issued no statement and nor have political parties in the state been taken into confidence, fuelling apprehensions.

The leaders urged the central government to not take any decision that would precipitate crisis in the state and ensure the constitutional guarantees given to the state are maintained.

They also appealed to the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to remain united. “Under these tiring circumstances, it becomes the duty of every citizen to safeguard age-old traditions of tolerance. We also appeal to the people that whatsoever happens, we should protect those thousands of outside state laborers, who have come here to earn their livelihood and are working across the length and breadth of the Valley,” they said.