Kashmiri separatists slam Army chief’s statement

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik said, “To kill every Kashmiri shows the criminal mindset of Indian rulers and their forces.’’

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: May 30, 2017 6:21 am
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Separatists have criticised Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s remarks about protesting youths, calling it a ploy to incite them. Rawat had described the situation in Kashmir “as a dirty proxy war” and said he wished the youths would have weapons instead of stones. “Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I want to do.” Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq wrote on a social networking site, “India’s Army chief wishing people of Kashmir had guns instead of stones so he could happily do so as he pleases with them actually incites our youth.’’

Mirwaiz said the “level of arrogance of power and contempt exhibited towards the people of Kashmir” through such insensitive statements no longer shocks them. He added that they have realised that they are “no longer considered human beings by the Indian state” and that Delhi was interested in a military solution to a political and human issue.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik said, “To kill every Kashmiri shows the criminal mindset of Indian rulers and their forces.’’ Another separatist leader Shabir Shah said there was contradiction in the minds of the Indian leadership and Army. “It proves that the Indian Army deliberately gatecrashes educational institutes and provokes the students with an ill mentality.’’

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    Kapil Dev Suri
    May 30, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    when maharaja ranjit singh was in power pundits they complained that pathan tot from kashmir approached him at la . they complained that muslim pathan torture them . maharaja RANJIT singh sent a gernail HARI SINGH NALWA with force for their help in the way he was stopped by pathans . as nalwa was in his way in camp he was sleeping in the night his sleep was disturbed by the voice of THAK THAK . NALWA SENT HIS GuARD TO KNOW WHERE THE VOICE IS COMING . The guard told him that people are pressing their roofs as the same were built of soil, mitti it is their nature after rain the soil has to be pressed hard with bricks to level them suddenly Nalwa realized that he has to push press the pathans with force . he ordered military to kill whoever comes in the way . so modi too has realized that they should be beaten by force otherwise they will create problems to show them leniency they ume the weakness of the govt.if we have used force many valuable lives would have been saved?
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      Indian First
      May 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm
      Have these Seperatists forgotten that Kashmir belonged to Pundits? These guys raped, butchered and drove them away from their homeland? Military is doing its job, by the way if they are so much ed off why cannot they go to PAK or Syria? They want all allowances and status from Indian GOVT, the money which we contribute as tax and they also want freedom what rubbish is this? These rats should be done forever in an encounter.
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        nhk
        Jun 6, 2017 at 9:04 pm
        The earth belongs in usufruct to the living; that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it ... Thomas Jefferson
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        Kamal Pasha
        May 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm
        Rawat, you want many things, but first face the stones which have paralysed the w Kashmir.
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          Indian First
          May 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm
          He is and so is your Mulla Kullahs, facing the bullets.
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          Damodar Biswal
          May 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm
          Indian express should not have published this report.Mir Ehsan appears to be a bit biased against the army.Does he want the army to get killed by the militants?Kindly give up this mindset n try to be a nationalist.
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            SHASHANK Mittal
            May 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm
            Who are these separatists to comment and slam on Indian army chief statements. Gen Rawat is Indian Army chief and these separatists belong to stan, they have no right to comment.
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              Sunder
              May 30, 2017 at 11:27 am
              The General should talk responsibly in an extremely grave situation and not become an unwitting party to this Central Govt.'s brinkmanship in J & K, guided as it is by narrow sectoral vote-bank politics.
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                Sekar
                May 30, 2017 at 12:14 pm
                Ensuring that the country is not broken does not indicate central Government's brinkmanship. It is called patriotism. Since the stone pelters are, in plain language, mercenaries who are there on the streets for money and not other motives, the Army Chief is right in wishing that the protestors use weapons instead of stones so that the soldiers have a free hand to respond with equal fire power. In the present situation, I would suggest that all these mercenaries who can be arrested should be transported to detention centers/jails far away from J&K, like Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This would automatically put pressure on the parents to stop their children from becoming joining the stone pelters.
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                Egghead
                May 30, 2017 at 11:21 am
                I have repeatedly erted that the stone pelters (of any age) should not be shown any mercy. Let a few be shot at point blank range by armed forces. A few anti-national elements killed daily will yield the desired result as their parents will face the stark reality of what their 'street urchins' are doing-pelting stones at armed forces, who are out to protect our motherland. I salute army Chief Bipin Rawat for the tough stance he has taken under the present regime of BJP in the center.
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                  Hayat
                  May 30, 2017 at 11:02 am
                  kashmiries have right t get its own homeland. But independence want sacrifices for which kashmiries are ready.
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                    Indian First
                    May 30, 2017 at 12:42 pm
                    Which independence are you Mullah talking about? Kashmir belongs to Pundits and not MUZ e34 read this clear anyone wants freedom can go and settle in Stan or Syria, we shall sponsor the tickets, else face the wrath of the mighty Indian Army.
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                      Sekar
                      May 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm
                      There are no freedom fighters in Kashmir. Only mercenaries. Every stone pelter in Kashmir is doing so for money. Where money is not involved or the day the flow of fund from stan is dammed, these very stone pelters, without any sense of shame or self respect, will embrace the Indian Army. This is amply clear in times of flood, etc.
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