Srinagar: As if the government has exhausted all the measures to quell the unrest in the restive Kashmir, a ruling PDP member and Minister for Law & Justice Abdul Haq Khan thinks the only way to bring peace in the valley will come through invoking the draconian Public Safety Act on the ‘trouble-mongers’.
Khan on Tuesday said that the Public Service Act (PSA) is a last option available with the government to “restore peace and tranquillity” in the restive Kashmir valley that has been reeling under unrest since past 88 days.
Khan said that no government would desire to imprison its own people in jails but PSA could be seen as a ‘last option’ available with the government for restoration of law and order.
He maintained further the PSA is slapped against only those people who were found hell-bent to vitiate atmosphere and remained on a forefront to cause trouble to Kashmir civilian population.
The minister maintained that the state dispensation is striving hard to counsel those involved in the acts of violence. “Our officers have been counselling the stone throwers and telling them not to indulge in violence. And we are witnessing that now everyone wants to cooperate with the government in its endeavour to restore tranquility,” the minister said.
He maintained further that there are people across Kashmir who want end to this chaos and uncertainty. “There is a huge chunk of unemployed youth. There are vendors who depend on their daily wages. There are students whose careers are at stake. I mean everyone has been affected and everyone now is yearning for peace,” Haq Khan said.
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