No infiltration of militants in Kashmir in 5 months: Governor Malik

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik Monday claimed that infiltration of militants into Kashmir has stopped in the last five months, while incidents of stone pelting have also gone down during the period.

Stating that two to three militants were getting killed in the state every day, Malik said a message has been conveyed to the militants that they will not get anything by choosing the “wrong way”.

The entry of new militants in Jammu and Kashmir stopped since the last five months and stone-pelting incidents have also gone down, the Governor said, adding two to three militants were being killed every day now

Malik was speaking after the inauguration of J&K Bank branch here. He said the militants now know that if they choose a wrong way, they will not get anything.

“They will have to hold talks. We have succeeded in making people understand that the path of terrorism is wrong and that no one can break India. You have to adhere to the Constitution,” he said.

Responding to a query on holding dialogue with the Hurriyat, he said it was up to the Centre to take a call on it.

Mailk lauded the work done by the J&K Bank and said its employees were not responsible for the ongoing problems, wherein the RBI has cited instances of misgovernance, leading to removal its former Chairman Parvez Ahmed.

“Those politicians who have misused the Bank should worry,” he said. The Jammu and Kashmir government holds 59 per cent stake in the Bank.

Bank Chairperson R K Chhibber, Executive President P K Tikku and senior officials were present at the event.

Malik said there was no danger to tourists and pilgrims who visit Jammu and Kashmir.

“Around 25,000 pilgrims are there in Gulmarg now,” he said, adding that Kashmiris always extend help to tourists.

“Presently, all hotels in Gulmarg are fully occupied. No incident of stone-pelting was reported. Since I went to Kashmir as a Governor, no entry of terrorists (in the state) has been reported,” he said.

Appealing people to visit Kashmir, Malik said, “Our battle is against terrorism and terrorists and not with tourists.” “Come to Kashmir where locals will take care of you,” he added.