PAGD says central government policies brought Kashmir back to the 1990s
The People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) has alleged that the decisions of Narendra Modi’s government vis-à-vis Kashmir have not only failed to improve the security situation in the Kashmir Valley, but have also created tensions between communities. The PAGD statement follows a week of chaos in Kashmir that left eight civilians dead in targeted attacks.
Yousuf Tarigami, spokesperson for PAGD, said in a statement: “Today it has been demonstrated beyond doubt that neither the demonetization nor the removal of Article 370 has contributed to improving the security situation in J&K . In fact, some recent decisions by the administration of Jammu and Kashmir have only accentuated the differences between communities that otherwise lived at peace with one another.
The PAGD statement says Kashmir descended in the 1990s as a result of the Modi government’s policy. “These killings created a climate of fear that has not been seen in Kashmir since the early 1990s. The current situation in Jammu and Kashmir is the result of government policy failures.
The PAGD further lambasted the Center for its use of repressive measures in Kashmir. “At the meeting of political leaders with the Honorable Prime Minister on June 24, 2021, the Prime Minister acknowledged ‘Dil Ki Doori or Dili Say Doori’ while promising to correct this distance. Unfortunately, nothing has been done in this regard since that meeting. Arbitrary detentions and the excessive use of force continue to be the norm in Jammu and Kashmir.
The PAGD also condemned the murder of a civilian by the CRPF in the name of a security breach. “The murder of Yasir Ali last night is a direct result of the heightened state of alert and the justification for the use of force. Harassment of innocent civilians and killings like Yasir Ali will only worsen the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The administration must do everything to ensure that the shooting policy is not adopted by the security forces.
In what is seen by parts of the population in Kashmir as “retaliation”, security forces shot dead a civilian in Anantnag, Kashmir on October 7. The assassination of the man, Yasir Ali, came hours after militants killed a principal. and a teacher, both from the minority community of Kashmir, in a school in the town of Eidgah in Srinagar.
Commenting on the murder perpetrated by the security forces, Vijay Kumar, inspector general of the police of Jammu and Kashmir, later clarified: “The vehicle rushed towards the Naka party. It was then challenged by the service troops. The troops fired in self-defense and one person died.