Omar Abdullah called for fresh elections while the Congress indicated that it preferred the imposition of Governor’s rule at this juncture.
Blaming the PDP for the fall of the alliance government, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, told reporters in New Delhi that “continuance in the government had become untenable… responsibility for this kind of scenario lies with the other side”.
The slain militants have been identified as Adil Ahmad, a resident of Midoora Tral, Danish Ahmad of Pinglish Tral and a foreigner. Adil had joined militant ranks only two days ago while Danish was a 23-day-old militant.
The 213 CRPF companies, comprising 75-85 vehicles, will be in addition to the deployment of J&K Police personnel.
The two coalition partners were, from day one, more in conflict with each other than in unison, till the BJP pulled out of the alliance on Tuesday.
On the political front, the coalition partners failed to implement the promises made in the AoA — from normalising relations with Pakistan, to holding talks with separatists, or repealing special powers of the security forces.
Jammu-Kashmir: PDP sources said that once J&K is under New Delhi’s direct rule, they would go on an all-out offensive. The collapse of the alliance has now left the PDP uncertain about its own future.
Late on Tuesday night, Vohra sent a report to the Union Home Ministry on the prevailing situation in the Valley and recommended Governor’s rule.
“The encounter broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district following specific intelligence inputs,” PTI quoted a police official as saying.
Mehbooba Mufti said, “I am not shocked. We didn’t do this alliance for power. The BJP-PDP alliance had a bigger motive- unilateral ceasefire, PM’s visit to Pakistan, withdrawal of cases against 11,000 youth.”
With the situation in Kashmir – and the state as a whole – having deteriorated, the BJP can now claim that it could not handle things properly due to the non-cooperation of its ally.
The killings, on the eve of Eid, was condemned by both journalists and politicians. Major English publications including Greater Kashmir, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Observer and Bukhari’s own Rising Kashmir came out with blank editorials to condemn the murder.
The separatists, who had termed the Centre’s decision on May 17 to suspend operations as a “cruel joke”, are likely to respond after three of their top leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, meet to discuss the issue.
On Sunday evening, unidentified gunmen fired at and critically injured Iqbal Ahmad Kawa in Kelam village of Kulgam.
The Army rifleman was killed by militants after abducting him from south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday while he was on way home to Salani village, in Poonch district, to celebrate Eid with family.