DOST KHAN / ANCHOR
JAMMU: The ‘misguided youth’ of Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference have struck again–…this time in famous Lal Chowk of Srinagar. As usual they targeted the security forces– 132 BN CRPF stationed at Palladium — with grenades, leaving seven of uniformed personnel injured. The blast did not spare even their fellow Kashmiris, including two women.
The ‘misguided’ and ‘innocent’ youth have activated themselves in very chilly winter conditions when the entire Kashmir Valley is under the thick carpet of snow. They have hit the forces, who are these days engaged in rescuing Kashmiris trapped in snow, the landslides and lying under avalanches.
What an irony! On the one hand Indian Air Force and the Army carried out special sorties of C17 Globemaster to airlift 319 young students from Srinagar to Jammu and back for appearing in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering and on the other hand the trigger-happy favourites of the Kashmir mainstream and separatists attacked the same uniformed personnel for their sin of being Indians. This will not move self-styled human rights activists and lobbyists, who get dumbstruck when nationalists are at the receiving end.
The injuries to the CRPF and police personnel did not cause any anguish to Mehbooba Mufti, Sajjad Lone, Omar Abdullah and other mainstream leaders. Always agile on their twitter handles, they had no word to condemn the attackers and to express solidarity with the victims.
Instead, Mehbooba Mufti had all the time to praise Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying brazenly “How times change. Centre’s top priority is seemingly renaming historic cities & building Ram Mandir. On the other hand, heartening to see that Pak PM has initiated steps to name Baloki forest reserve after Guru Nanak ji & create a university under his name.”
Times do change for a set of Kashmiri politicians-a rare species of chameleons. If Imran Khan is a hero for Mehbooba Mufti now, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 6, 2018-42 days before she was thrown out of the Secretariat. She had minced no words in praising Modi, saying, “The prime minister of our country had been given a very strong mandate by the people. I am saying it again and I may be criticised for it but if there is someone, who could find solution to the problem of Jammu and Kashmir, it is Shri Narendra Modi ji and none else. If Jammu and Kashmir has to be bailed out of this quagmire of violence and unrest, it is only the PM Modi ji who can help.”
Similarly times have changed for Mehbooba Mufti, who, when out of power, finds youngsters carrying guns, bombs and stones as ‘innocent’ and ‘misguided’ but when in power they are ‘rogues’, ‘street urchins’ and what not. Kashmiris must not have forgotten when flanked by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Mehbooba Mufti had told a press conference at Srinagar on August 25, 2016, “Had a kid (stone pelters killed) gone to buy a toffee from an army camp? A 15-year-old boy who attacked a police station (in south Kashmir), had he gone to buy milk?”
How brazen and shameless are these so-called mainstream leaders? They can change colours as per convenience. When it becomes necessary, they won’t hesitate to maim or kill their ‘innocent’ youth and when it comes to nailing India, they will shamelessly shed tears by visiting the families of terrorists. The unfortunate part of the Kashmir quagmire is that they are even accepted by the people of the Valley.
Now that the Kashmiri mainstream leaders are out of job these days, they must seriously think about the welfare of their ‘misguided’ and ‘innocent’ youth, who are falling to bullets of valiant soldiers on regular basis. Mere shedding tears or issuing statements won’t do. If the Indian State and the security forces have tightened noose around the necks of terrorists, they must volunteer to adopt them, keeping in view their ‘innocence’. To save these misguided youth from the clutches of forces, they should give up their security, which essentially comprises the central forces, which are determined to find them wherever they are and to fix them, notwithstanding Ministry of Home Affairs stitching rehabilitation policy for them under the guise of ‘surrendered militants’.
Adopting ‘misguided’ youth is not a big deal. They are harmless, which they have proven while abducting kin of some of the mainstream leaders. It will be a huge service to the parents in general and their ‘misguided’ and innocent children in particular.
Nothing bad in taking up this philanthropic mission rather than begging for ‘petty chairs’ in power corridors of the Civil Secretariat.
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