Centre’s report on Kashmir suggests control on media,mosques,madrasas

New Delhi: An assessment report prepared by the Government of India about the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley has suggested a need to Control mosques, madrasa, print and TV media in Valley, changes in political atmosphere, strengthening of intelligence set-up and reaching out to the moderate faction of Hurriyat, reported The Indian Express on Saturday.

The report, compiled after securing inputs from ground, suggests long-term “actionable points” and has been sent to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, said news report while quoting sources.

“Discussing the three-decade-old insurgency in the Valley, the report makes no reference to Pakistan, but suggests that the political atmosphere in the Valley needs to be changed and those who were part of the 2014 election victory need to be supported and promoted by the government,” said the news report.

The moulvis at the mosques need to be engaged that will go a long way to quell insurgency in the Valley, said the report.

It lists TV channels as pro and anti-India and newspapers that it says should be promoted for “perception management,” states the report. The report says those news organisations in the Valley fomenting anti-India sentiment should be “discouraged” from telecasting any “negative propaganda”.

The report calls for crackdown by Income Tax and other agencies on separatists but at the same time advocates engagement with the moderate faction.

Suggesting an overhaul of intelligence and police management, the report suggests that to tackle militants from “across the border”, Special Operation Group (SOG) needs to be revived as it was done in 2002.

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