No talks with separatists unless they stop taking orders from Pakistan: Guv -
No talks with separatists unless they stop taking orders from Pakistan: Guv
Posted 26 Oct 2018 03:32 PM

Srinagar: There was “carelessness on our part”, said Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday, referring to the death of seven civilians when a live shell went off after security forces left an encounter site in Kulgam without sanitising it.
Speaking to reporters on a wide range of J&K issues after a function at SKICC, the Governor also said “there will be no talks” with separatists unless they stop seeking Pakistan’s nod before doing anything.
He also talked of his role in revocation of the suspension of two AMU students and quashing of a sedition case, lodged against them for allegedly taking part in prayer meeting for a slain Kashmiri terrorist, a former AMU student, whose death, he said, “pained him”.
Talking of the Kulgam incident, he said, “What happened in Kulgam is very unfortunate and should not have happened. There was carelessness on our part also as well as on theirs (youths).”
He said the security forces have been told not to leave the area without clearing it after an encounter and people must also understand it could be dangerous.
We have told the forces (not to leave) without clearing the area. There should also be advertisements in newspapers appealing to the people not to go near the sites of encounters. People should also understand this, political parties too should come forward and stop people from going to encounter sites for a few days till sites are cleared, he said.
Asked about holding talks with stakeholders of the Kashmir problem, including the separatist Hurriyat Conference, the Governor said there would be no talks with the separatists till they stop insisting on involving Pakistan.
Malik said though he has held no talks with any stakeholder, he meets everyone. “I met Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, M Y Tarigami and all recently,” he said.
As far as Hurriyat is concerned, he said the separatists do not do anything without seeking permission from Pakistan.
“So there will be no talks with them till they do not stop insisting on involving Pakistan. Talks are the prerogative of the government. My role is to make the situation conducive for the talks and I am trying to make that happen.
“You would have seen there is decrease in violence, there is decrease in (terrorists’) recruitment; stone-pelting incidents have come down. It is not because of me, but due to the attitude of the people, he said.
Earlier, in his speech, Malik said the problem of Kashmir was not a creation of the people of Kashmir but that of the former rulers in Delhi.
The problem of Kashmir has not been created by Kashmiris. What the erstwhile rulers in Delhi did, it fanned uncertainty, separatism and all problems here. But today, I can safely say as a representative of the government that Delhi is a friend of Kashmiris.
Delhi does not want to govern you but wants you to govern the whole country. You govern your State and your children become DM, SSP, DIG, IG in every part of the country and become the best State of the country, he said.
Referring to the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Manaan Wani in an encounter with security forces, the Governor said the scholar-turned terrorist’s death pained him as Wani could have done much more for the country had he not chosen the path of terrorism.
Some days ago, there was an incident at AMU. A terrorist Manaan Wani was killed here. He was well educated and I felt pained that he would have done so much for the country, had he not gone that way. Some (Kashmiri) students (at AMU) gathered for offering his (Wani’s) funeral prayers.
The Vice-Chancellor told students to offer prayers inside a mosque and not outside as it could have attracted press and in such a city, especially in western UP, where a riot takes place in a minute. All the students understood but two of them did not, so the university officials took them away and suspended them and some inspector registered a sedition case against them, the Governor said.
He said in reaction to the suspension and the case, the Kashmiri students warned of leaving the university if the suspension and the sedition case were not revoked.
What message would it have sent, if 1,200 students from Kashmir had left Aligarh? The separation of Kashmir and the country would have happened the same day. I did not sleep that night. I looked for (Union HRD Minister) Prakash Javedkar, he was in Rajasthan, and told him to tell the Vice-Chancellor (VC) to revoke the suspension,” he said.
Malik said he spoke to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the AMU Vice Chancellor regarding the incident.
“The Chief Minister said since there was no complaint from the university, these obnoxious charges will be dropped, Malik said.
He said his administration has decided to appoint liaison officers in every city having more than a dozen Kashmiri students.
These liaison officers will look after the well-being of the Kashmiri students and sort out their problems. It will send a positive message and ultimately (the situation in) Kashmir will improve, he said.
Earlier, the Governor inaugurated a 3-day Kashmir Autumn FAM (Familiarisation) Tour-2018 at the SKICC here. This familiarisation tour programme has been organised by the Department of Tourism, Kashmir.
Nor’Azam Mohammad, Deputy High Commissioner of Malaysia to India; Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Governor; Rigzin Samphel Secretary Tourism; P.D. Tshering, Chief Post Master General, J&K; Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Tasaduq Jeelani Director Tourism, Aziz Hajini, Secretary JKAACL, Sulaiman Suip Director Tourism Malaysia, and distinguished guests from across the country were present on the occasion.
Welcoming the guests from the Tour and Travel Sector who have come from all over India to participate in this Familiarisation Tour programme, Governor observed that a tourist is as safe in J&K as in any other part of India. He exhorted the participants to encourage visitors to visit the State and experience its natural beauty and warm hospitality of the people.
Governor observed that the Central Government is making every possible effort for ushering Kashmir into an era of peace and rapid development and noted that Kashmir is witnessing a shift towards normalcy which is evident from the incident free and peaceful conduct of polling during the Urban Local Bodies elections in the State.
Governor stressed on the need to change negative perception of Kashmir and urged every stakeholder to help create a conducive atmosphere for encouraging enhanced tourist arrivals in the State. Praising the State for having vast potential in tourism sector, Governor observed that each region of the State has a rich cultural heritage and scenic beauty which could charm the tourist. He pointed to the need for a multidisciplinary approach towards giving boost to tourism in the State.
Highlighting the Handicrafts Sector which is another major attraction for tourists, Governor observed that Pashmina shawls and other handicrafts here are examples of craftsmanship par excellence which have bestowed worldwide recognition for the State.
Governor appealed to the visitors to take care of sentiments of people from the State who go to other States for studying and doing jobs. Recalling the recent incident at Aligarh Muslim University, Governor observed that he has issued directions to appoint a Liaison Officer in every State wherever a substantial number of students from the State are studying.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor Ganai stressed on improvement in infrastructure and need for bringing more potential spots on the tourism map of the State. He urged the visitors for promoting its destinations worldwide.
Samphel highlighted the attractions for tourists in the State and welcomed the tourists to enjoy its hospitality.
A Special Cover on this Familiarisation Tour by the India Post was released by the Governor.
Santoor Vandan by Master Mohammad Abdullah Tibat Bakal, multilingual song performance by Rashid Jahangir, multi-lingual Folk Dances of the State performed by local artists, on spot Sand Art painting done by Ashok Bhardwaj, Shivali Jamwal and Renu Bala enthralled the audience during the opening ceremony.

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