Governor to militants; ‘Kill the corrupt who looted Kashmir’

Kashmir Times. Dated: 7/22/2019 12:54:41 PM

KARGIL, July 21 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik said on Sunday that “if they have to, the militants should kill the corrupt people who have looted Kashmir instead of the innocent”.
Inaugurating the Kargil-Ladakh Tourism Festival 2019 at Khree Sultan Cho stadium in Kargil, he said: “Why are you (militants) killing innocents including SPOs and PSOs. What will you gain by this? “If you have to kill, why don’t you kill the corrupt who have looted the country and Kashmir for so long”.
Malik also said that the militants do not have the power to erode the authority of the Indian government. “Yours is a futile struggle. You are losing your lives for nothing”.
“Our estimates are that at present there are 250 militants including 125 foreign militants. During encounters, the foreign militant takes two days to die and the local two hours. LTTE was once the most powerful terrorist organisation in the world. Where is it today?”
Noting that the militants’ Deobandi preachers were promising them heaven after death, the Governor said: “I cannot question your religious belief. But, I can give you two heavens instead of the one promised to you by your ‘maulvis’. I can give you Kashmir, which is a heaven on earth, and if you live like good human beings, you will get another heaven after your death.”
He expressed satisfaction over the change in the ground situation in Kashmir, saying that the people are now talking of peace.
“It is for the first time in 30 years that there was no strike on the visit of the country’s Union Home Minister to Kashmir,” Malik said referring to the recent visit of Amit Shah to the Valley.
He also spoke of the administration’s attempts to bring back the Kashmiri Pandits saying that the effort has been welcomed by Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The Governor said that when he came to the state he decided not to listen only to intelligence people.
"I am in touch with around 200 people and from them I have come to know about the problems. The diseases have been diagnosed, the diseases are plenty but these can be cured. The narrative can be changed, the pre-requisite is that the intentions are good and sincere on both sides," he added.



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