Srinagar: As the summer sets in to pave way for the Pakistan-based militant outfits to marshal their men in the Kashmir Valley, “the security establishment is learnt to have conveyed to the Centre that imposition of Governor’s Rule could make it easier to contain extremist elements in Jammu and Kashmir, and help improve the overall security situation in the Valley”, said a report published in The Sunday Express.
According to the report, the growth of indigenous militancy in south Kashmir, the erstwhile strong hub of ruling PDP, has been a worrying factor to the security establishment.
The official spokesperson of the government, Naeem Akhtar, however, says that the government has not been informed about any move to impose Governor’s rule on the state, the report said.
“But whenever they (New Delhi) want to impose central rule, they can do that,” Akhtar was quoted in the report as saying, adding that it will not be a new thing in Kashmir.
The security establishment would want some of the leaders of stone-pelting groups of protesters to be sent to prisons outside the Kashmir Valley, if not outside the state, official sources were quoted by the report as saying.
The security establishment, according to the report, also believes the alliance between the PDP and BJP is one of the causes of Kashmiri anger. “If there is Governor’s Rule, it will at least take this one factor out of the equation. Other factors will remain, though,” a top security official was quoted by The Sunday Express as saying.
PDP, however, believes that an exclusively military approach cannot provide any solution. They still favour their “healing-touch” formula to solve the crisis.
“We are dealing with people here… it (the situation) can be only resolved with a sympathetic outreach which is the core theme of the agenda of the alliance,” Akhtar tells the newspaper.
Akthar, however, wants militants to be “neutralised only through strong measures”.
“The real challenge is to seek the involvement of people in doing so, and to make militancy irrelevant and democracy the preferred option,” Akhtar is quoted as saying.
These developments come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on J&K Governor NN Vohra on May 5. Since then, Vohra has had a number of meetings with people at the helm, which included one with the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, top brass of security forces and educational minister Altaf Bukhari.