What is happening in J&K state is not a common law and order problem where the Government in power has a choice to use Police or Para-military forces or call the army. This is a full fledged war conducted by Pakistan with the use of jehadi terror organisations from its soil. The jehadis duly funded by ISI and Gulf money do the dirty work of terror strikes within J&K state and rest of India while Pakistani Government and its Army remains in denial mode.
This war was launched by Pakistan on us in 1988 with a vowed aim of wresting Kashmir from us. Till date 5000 Army officers and soldiers and 72000 Indian citizens have died in this conflict. Pakistan is continuing this war. Last year alone there were 250 cease fire violations by Pakistani army in J&K state, maximum in last one decade. There were 22 major terror attacks within the state in which 108 people died 36 being security persons.
The entire Kashmir problem is centred in Kashmir Valley which has just 90 lakh population and that also in its five districts. These people have been fed on the staple diet of Azadi by the separatist’ leaders like Sayyed Ali Shah Geelani who is reportedly on the pay of ISI and Hurriat Conference. What is really ominous for India is the gathering clouds of jehad.
This year American forces are leaving Afghanistan defeated. America is more or less abandoning the current India friendly Hamid Karzai Government of Afghanistan. Meanwhile reports are rife that Pakistan has raised 21 Mujahedeen battalions and along with Taliban and Lashkar-e-Toiba is getting all set to throw out Hamid Karzai Govt. and re-establish the rule of Taliban there. That done Pakistan will unleash these out of work jehadi forces against India.
At this time when Indian political masters should be going all out to strengthen the internal security apparatus in the country especially in J&K State, people like Prashant Bhushan talking of curtailing Army’s powers to operate in internal security duties or holding referendum in J&K State is populism being played to gallery and amounts to sacrilege.
What likes of netas like Prashant Bhusans do not understand is that the Army which is deployed against Pakistan in J&K on the LAC and Siachen and against China in Ladakh have to be fed and maintained by the roads which pass through Jammu and Srinagar in valley. Thousands of trucks carrying these supplies ply on these roads daily.
If Army is not deployed in internal security duties and road clearance duties within J&K state these convoys are the most soft targets for the jehadis. If this supply is disrupted then that will be the end of Kashmir for us. It needs to be remembered that Pakistan had launched Kargil operation on us, just to cut of these supply lines to Siachen.
Finally these off the cuff shooting netas with no knowledge of matters on military should first obtain informed opinion on this subject from professionals before giving out such statements. These irresponsible remarks strengthen the hands of jehadis and separatists in J&K state and bring down India’s standing in comity of nations by painting a picture that we are rough sodding on Kashmir Valley people.
Also we must remember that Army has built in an intelligence gathering network within the state over a long period of time. Any shift of location disturbs this grid with disastrous consequences. Need of the hour is to strengthen the hands of the army in J&K state enabling it to fight Pakistan sponsored jehadis with complete focus and dedication.