J-K security set-up leans towards Governor’s Rule

Centre can do it, but it has not worked earlier, warns PDP

Written by Muzamil Jaleel , Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi/srinagar | Updated: May 14, 2017 4:49 am
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With infiltration from across the border and Line of Control likely to spike with the onset of summer, 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.

The security establishment in the state has been worried about the homegrown militancy in South Kashmir, which has traditionally been a stronghold of the ruling PDP. Several instances of the snatching of weapons have been reported in this area, and videos and pictures have surfaced showing militants in groups of 30 or more.

Senior PDP leader, Public Works Minister and official spokesman of the J&K government, Nayeem Akhtar, told The Sunday Express that the government “has not been informed” about any move to impose Governor’s Rule on the state. “But whenever they (New Delhi) want to impose central rule, they can do that,” Akhtar said.

He said that “if it (Governor’s Rule) happens, it will not be the first time that Governor’s Rule is imposed in J&K”.

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 said.
The security establishment 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 told The Sunday Express.

Akhtar, however, said “such a measure” (imposing Governor’s Rule) hasn’t worked earlier”. An “exclusively military approach cannot provide any solution because we are dealing with people here”, he said. “It (the situation) can be only resolved with a sympathetic outreach which is the core theme of the agenda of (PDP-BJP) alliance.”

He said “nothing could be expected in the absence of an inclusive approach laced with humanitarian feelings and political outreach”.

“Of course, those who swear by the gun alone can be neutralised only through strong measures,” Akhtar said. “The real challenge is to seek the involvement of people in doing so, and to make militancy irrelevant and democracy the preferred option,” he said.

J&K has its own Constitution, and Governor’s Rule is imposed on the state for a period of six months in case of failure of the constitutional machinery, under Section 92 of the state Constitution. The proclamation is issued by the Governor after receiving the consent of the President of India. The state Assembly can be either dissolved or kept in suspended animation. If it is not possible to restore the constitutional machinery within six months, the provisions of Article 356 of the Constitution of India are extended to J&K, and President’s Rule is imposed.

J&K Governor N N Vohra met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on May 5. Vohra has been governor of the state since 2008, and the state has seen three spells of Governor’s Rule in his tenure.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of attacks on security forces in the Valley in recent months. The abduction and killing of 22-year-old Lt Ummer Fayyaz in Shopian on Tuesday had been described as a “watershed moment” by the Army.

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    Kamal Pasha
    May 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Governor's rule or President's rule, it does not make any difference to Kashmiris as they are already under Indian ARMY's rule.
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      ravi
      May 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm
      yes it will go to presidents rule and from there it is bound to go to FREE KASHMIR INDEPENDENT KASHMIR as it was before forcible annexion by country claiming to be democratic it is estimated that 40 percent of indias land is ruled and in possession of naxals
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        Pagrri Sanbhaal
        May 14, 2017 at 10:51 am
        Free Kashmir.No second choice and present yourself as a modern good nation.
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          Atul Bhardwaj
          May 14, 2017 at 10:39 am
          The abetment encouragement being provided by journalists is a matter of grave concern;they need to be neutralised by state government.These along with interlocutors -even,unemplo politicians-writing the biggest stumb block towards the restoration of peace in valley.
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            Abdul Majid Zargar
            May 14, 2017 at 10:26 am
            It is the degree of helplessness of our political cl which compels Nayeem Akhtar to say that “ whenever they (New Delhi) want to impose central rule, they can do that”. It is akin to saying that Kashmir is a political keep of New-Delhi who can be raped or used at will.
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              Jatin Sutaria
              May 14, 2017 at 10:49 am
              Nor are innocent citizens ripe mangoes whose lives can be plucked out at will by terrorists at their will.
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              M.P.Rao
              May 14, 2017 at 9:15 am
              It is high time to bring the Kashmir situation to normalcy.Kasmir leaders whether separatists or otherwise are not interested in solving the problem.They thrive as long as there is crisis there.The time is there fore ripe for imposing Presidents rule and undertaking massive ddelopement programmed to generate employment for the youth.For sometime the so called Kasmir leaders should be detained out side Kasmir.
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                David
                May 14, 2017 at 9:12 am
                Abolish article 370. Resettle the valley population. Bring back 3 lakh displaced pundits. US China and Russia has done resettlement. What stops India. Enough of appea t. Lets turn this adversity into opportunity.
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                  George Cruz
                  May 14, 2017 at 8:59 am
                  The NC & PDP in the J&K are the two sides of the same coin who are and have supporting the Kashmir separatist Islamic Jihadists, both parties ultimate aim is to establish another Islamic Caliphate but they call it 'Kashmiriyat', 'wishes of Kashmiri people', 'peace dialogue.',...blah..blah...blah....which the Indian citizens would never accept because the J&K is and has been an integral part of India. The democratic India today is the military/economic power in South Asia and has weathered the Islamic terror/kil emanating across the border from the Islamic Caliphate carved earlier in 1947. Kashmir was predominantly Hindu for thousands of years until the arrival of Islam in the early 1100's with the brutal Turkish invasion. In fact there was no visible presence of EVIL Islam in the Indian subcontinent before the Turkish invasion in 1100s. The governors rule backed the Indian armed forces is best solution to quell the anti-national activities carried on by the illiterate Muslims.
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