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JAMMU: Granting first amnesty to stone – pelters and now urging for unilateral ceasefire during Ramadan, holy month, one wonders we are fighting militancy or backing it. Observers of Kashmir watch know well that militancy in valley is struggling to survive; even the masters across border are feeling well restrained by extra alert security forces on border. Former IGP and state BJP spokesperson S.S.Bijral feels that demand from CM Mehbooba Mufti for observance of unilateral ceasefire by security forces during month of Ramadan is not situation supportive.

 

Pointing the militants gun culture fading, prolonged protests proving counterproductive, their countering security forces with stone pelting getting befitting response, their commanders getting eliminated or caught with encouraging public support, Bijral said the struggle of enemy across is losing ground in valley. He said the attack on school bus in Shopian inflicting head injury to class II RehanGosai and another of Rainbow International Educational Institute and fatal injury to 22 year old tourist from Chinnai with stones pelted on tempo they were travelling  point to flattening graph of militancy. Amnesty to 9000 stone pelters followed by unilateral ceasefire by forces respecting Ramadan month on request of CM Mehbooba Mufti is like providing three decade old militancy a much needed breather.

Accepting the state, mother to its subjects. has to wield a carrot and stick policy, BJP spokesperson said the response of the surrendered militants on internet serve a disincentive enough for those who avail this govt granted bonanza. He said huge sufferings unleashed on the state through militancy – the proxy war against India, demand restoration of normalcy at the earliest. This he said would come persisting a heavy hand to the dying militancy, coupled with sincere and dedicated welfare oriented corruption free governance by political government. Bijral said security forces have done their job upholding the expectations, the political government in place deserve to upgrade J&K state long held despicable ranking on corruption - the litmus test of good governance.