Tarigami: ‘Is There Martial Law In Valley?’

Srinagar—CPI (M) senior leader and MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said on Wednesday that the Government of India (GoI) must stop using Army as instrument for their political agenda.

He also termed the statement made by Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat that he wishes that stone-pelters carry weapons instead of stones as ‘unfortunate’

Addressing a news conference here at his Gupkar residence, Tarigami said, “I believe Rawat as being an Army Chief should not have made such statement. I want to ask him that does he want to wage war against own people?.” 

He said that the statements that are being made since past few weeks tantamount to imposition of Martial Law in the Valley. “There are still parliaments, how can any force personnel take his own decision,” he added. 

Tarigami said that the BJP government in the centre must not use forces as instrument for their vested political interests as it is neither good for the country nor for the forces as well. “Statements like ‘war like situation, dirty war, wishes stone-pelters carry weapons instead of stones,’ are indicative of jingoistic assertions,” he said. 

He said that the situation in Kashmir continues to worsen. “It is sufficiently established that the Kashmir policy of the BJP has proved to be a complete failure. Instead of taking political initiatives to address the situation, the statements pouring in from those who are at the helm, including the Defense Minister, are providing indications as if the Government is at war with the people of Kashmir,” he said.

MLA Kulgam said that these highly irresponsible and provocative statements further vitiate atmosphere. “It is still better that the political establishment must re-think about the fatal implications of such utterances,” he added.

“History is witness that there is no other way than to explore ways to resume the dialogue with Pakistan. Whatever the circumstances, war is no solution. Voices demanding settling accounts with Pakistan through military means should be rejected. India and Pakistan have a shared past and both the countries must realize they have to move together for a better and peaceful future. For a meaningful breakthrough in their relations, political will is needed, which, unfortunately is missing at the moment,” Tarigami said.

While supporting the intellectuals, politicians and academics who called for a cease-fire during Ramadan, Tarigami called for de-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan at the borders and starting of a structured dialogue among all stakeholders to address Kashmir issue.

“We understand the concerns of the younger generation. At the same time we appeal all the concerned teachers, parents and civil society to encourage our children to continue their studies. As our students have to shoulder the responsibilities of shaping and reconstructing our future, they have to be armed with knowledge and wisdom. Education alone can provide such opportunities,” he added. 

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