GoI using NIA to tighten its grip on Kashmir: NC

‘New Delhi pursuing its old policy of Carrot and Stick’

Srinagar, Dec 27: The opposition National Conference (NC) on Wednesday accused the government of India of using National Investigation Agency (NIA) to tighten its grip over Kashmir.
“There is no denial of the fact that the government of India since 1947 has been using several agencies in Kashmir to crush the dissent and tighten its grip over the region. At present, it is the NIA that is being used against the separatist leaders by the government of India,” NC’s additional general secretary, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said.
He added that New Delhi has always been adopting the carrot and the stick policy in Kashmir and its main objective has, since 1947, been to pro-long its control over the territory.
“At times, it is the New Delhi that keep knocking the separatist doors, asking it to talk to its envoys and at times, it is the same government that uses investigative agencies against it. The same is happening at present,” Kamal said.
He maintained further that it is the widely acknowledged fact that the separatists including Syed Ali Geelani represent a cause that is deeply rooted in Kashmir since 1931.
Kamal also advocated that ‘separatist’ is not a proper term to be used for Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik. “They are resisting against the control of New Delhi in Kashmir and therefore they are not separatists but the resistance leaders. It is the cause which is stronger and will remain till the dispute isn’t resolved as per the wishes and the aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” NC’s additional general secretary said. (KNS)