Let me begin at the very beginning by stating most emphatically that I fully support what the Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the Army should be given full freedom to deal with the situation prevailing in Kashmir. There can be no two opinions about it. No sane person will ever dispute this!
Truth be told, the former Defence Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav while interacting with journalists very rightly said that, “The Army should be given permission to deal with the situation there and maintain peace and at the same time deal with separatists strictly.” It needs no rocket scientist to conclude that the Kashmir Valley has witnessed a spurt of attacks by militants and protests by civilians against security forces. We all saw recently how Lieutenant Umar Fayyaz was brutally murdered while he was on leave in South Kashmir and had gone to attend the wedding of his cousin sister from where he was taken at gun point. Now another soldier of BSF Mohammad Ramzan Parray too has been brutally murdered and many of his family soldiers have been wounded in a cowardly attack by terrorists! But still Centre is refusing to arm them with weapons by which they can defend themselves and their family? Parray was shot dead and 4 of his relatives were injured including one women relative. has been brutally murdered and many of his family soldiers have been wounded in a cowardly attack by terrorists!
How long will Centre tolerate killings of our security forces? How long will Centre not deal with separatists strictly? How long will Centre provide security to separatists who hate India and love Pakistan and how long will separatists rejoice when a DSP Mohammad Ayub who was deployed for security of separatists like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would be brutally killed after stoning him and stripping him naked by those very people for whose security he was deployed there? How long will Centre bear all the expenses of separatists leaders in Kashmir who always work against our national interests and how long will Centre deploy soldiers for their security? How long will Centre not throw such separatists behind bars for spreading venom among the masses?
How long will Centre not give a free hand to Army to deal with stone pelters in the way they should ideally be dealt with? How long will Centre allow police to order inquiry against brave soldiers of Army like Major Ranjan Gogoi who to save his men from being lynched just tied one stone pelter to the bonnet of his vehicle so that the stone pelters don’t throw stones at the vehicle in which they were moving? How long will soldiers of Army suffer humiliation in silence by getting beaten by crowd instigated by separatists?
How long will soldiers of Army be stopped from capturing these Pakistani supporters and throwing them into Pakistan where their heart lies? How long will Pakistanis be treated as Indians? How long will these Pakistani supporters be allowed to kill our soldiers?
How long will our soldiers be taught by Centre to do nothing when hit by stones by Pakistani supporters? How long will our soldiers be taught not to open fire even if their life is at threat? How long will Centre value the lives of Pakistanis living in India more than the lives of our brave soldiers and order them to display maximum restraint? For how long?
For how long will Centre order our soldiers of Army to do nothing when separatists leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others come out in the street and order people to attack Army? For how long will Centre order our soldiers of Army to respect the human rights of Pakistanis who want to destroy India? For how long will Centre keep chanting the old third rated dialogue that, “We have to act as per world pressure”.
Why is no world pressure applied on Pakistan to stop proxy war against India? Why is no world pressure applied to arrest all top terror leaders like Syed Salaluddin whom America has just recently declared a terrorist, Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar and many others who are all enjoying life in Pakistan and why are they not hanged for killing so many innocent people? Why only India comes under world pressure and gladly invites Pakistani invader like General Pervez Musharraf who masterminded Kargil war in which we officially lost more than 600 soldiers and who himself paid Rs 1 lakh as prize to dreaded Al Qaeda terror leader Iliyas Kashmiri way back in 2000 when he presented him with a severed head of an Indian soldier – Bhausaheb Maruti Talekar on 27 February 2000 and started weeping in joy as was reported in most English dailies?
Why former DGP of UP – Vikram Singh said in a news channel recently that those stone pelters who throw stone at Army must be treated like terrorists and neutralized by our brave soldiers by showing no mercy towards them? Why Centre is allowing stone pelters to become a part of Pakistani gang and openly throw stones at our soldiers when they are engaged in gun battle with terrorists? Why Centre is itself becoming a protective shield for them? What message is Centre sending?
Why Centre is not giving a free hand to our brave soldiers to mercilessly deal with stone pelters as demanded by Mulayam Singh Yadav who openly says that in his tenure as Defence Minister no Kashmiri had the guts to attack Indian soldiers or pelt stones or indulge in any kind of anti-national activity? Why Centre fails to appreciate that this has a very demoralizing impact on our brave soldiers when they are asked not to retaliate hardly even inspite of being provoked which is now fast becoming a fashion in Kashmir? Why Centre keeps trusting Pakistan and invite ISI agents as we saw after Pathankot terror attack in which we lost a Major and many soldiers?
Why is Centre not withdrawing Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan which we granted way back in 1996 and which they never granted us as demanded by Shashi Tharoor, Subramanium Swamy and many others? Why is Centre not declaring Pakistan a terror sponsor country as demanded by Rajeev Chandrashekhar who is MP from Bangalore and name it “Aatankistaan” as demanded by Maulana Mehmood Madani who is a former Rajya Sabha MP? Why Centre just keeps requesting other nations to act against Pakistan but does nothing itself to hurt Pakistan and just rejoices after carrying out one surgical strike which tantamount to nothing as Army is not given a free hand to deal with stone pelters in the most ruthless fashion and it is our brave soldiers who are facing the maximum onslaught?
Why Centre is not giving a free hand to Army to rein in anti-India crowd in Kashmir and why instead Centre expects Army to display maximum restraint by simply doing nothing or offering resistance just for name sake? Is Centre not spoiling these stone pelters and encouraging them to act more fiercely by not allowing Army a free run in crushing them? Why Centre has allowed these stone pelters and brazen supporters of Pakistan to openly indulge in anti-national acts and restrained Army from acting tough against them? What message is Centre sending? Is Centre not encouraging them to always make it a habit and after gathering in group start pelting stones at soldiers of Army which has become a trend also most unfortunately? Should we be proud of this? Centre must strictly adhere to the sagacious advice which Mulayam Singh Yadav is giving of giving full freedom to Army to deal with those who attack our soldiers as it suits our national interests in best possible manner without wasting any more time further! Will Centre do?
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.