JAMMU: Taking a strong exception to the Everything fare in war and love statement made by BJP leader Ram Madhav, Minister for Education Altaf Bukhari Friday said the statement seems to be a move aimed at legitimizing a crime that is internationally abhorred under covenants of human rights.
PDP leader also strongly condemned the remarks made by his cabinet colleague Chander Prakash Ganga saying that bullets cant win the battle of ideas.
One fails to understand against whom Mr. Madhav has declared war! Is it a war declared against Kashmiris who despite all odds casted their votes reaffirming their belief in democracy? Or it is a war declared to satiate the sanguine electoral interests of a particular political party in the country, Bukhari questioned.
Bukharis party, it bears mention is sharing the government with the BJP in the state. Ram Madhav is BJP General Secretary.
Bukhari said modern nations operate under the presumption that in the case of armed conflict, the State must do everything to ensure civilians are not hurt. However, Mr. Madhav seems to be justifying what is unjustifiable under law. Almost all general legal approaches consider human shields illegal both in domestic circumstances and international conflicts, the minister for education remarked.
Bukhari said some people in the country have unfortunately started arguing that using humans as shields in military operations is justified response to Kashmiri protesters who hurl stones to give vent to their political aspirations. These statements smack of a hyper-nationalist environment in the country. Unfortunately, people with right-wing approach consider any support for human rights in Kashmir to be anti-national. Let Mr. Madhav be reminded that no civilized society can afford to use its citizens as shields for military operations, Bukhari observed.
On the statement of Mr. Ganga, the minster for education said that his remarks speak volumes about intellectual bankruptcy of a person who is holding the responsibility of a public office. He said that bullets have only created havoc in the world and have brought an enforced thus temporary peace in certain regions. Bullets cant win you a battle of ideas. PDP believes that dialogue is the only way out. Unfortunately instead of initiating dialogue as a confidence building measure to re-instill a sense of belonging among bruised Kashmiris, some BJP insiders are trying to sabotage the whole peace process initiated under Mr. Vajpayee regime, Bukhari regretted.
Even army generals who deal with bullets are not supposed to give sweeping statements like Mr. Ganga has made. The BJP minister has exposed himself for his venomous and biased approach against Kashmiris who believe a person holding a chair of responsibility behaves and acts in an impartial manner, Bukhari said and asked Mr Ganga not only to withdraw his remarks but extend an unconditional apology to citizens of the State.
The minister for education said that Agenda of Alliance reached between PDP-BJP coalition Government was supposed to offer confidence building measures for the conflict torn Kashmiris as the same is a concise document of all major reports and working group recommendations made on Jammu and Kashmir.
If Kashmiris are perceived as enemies and anti nationals why BJP agreed in principle for the agenda of alliance calling for dialogue with all stakeholders good relations between India and Pakistan maintaining status quo on Article 370 steps for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) opening of new cross-LoC routes settlement of issues of refugees etc, Bukhari asked.
Instead of sitting together to help in implementation of the Agenda of Alliance which was perceived as a key to bring Kashmiris out of political quagmire, the BJP unfortunately seems shying away from its responsibilities as a coalition partner on the ground.
On the one hand Honble Prime Minister Naredra Modi compliments our chief minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti and on the other BJP ministers and leaders act in contradiction to those compliments. It seems a difficult and vitiating scenario is being created to hamper her performance on the ground, Bukhari said.
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