Give them a chance

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is making desperate attempts to ensure that the holy month of Ramadan and the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra passes off peacefully. She wants bloodshed to end and killings to stop but till now she has not got any positive response from the Government of India.
On Saturday the Chief Minister chaired the Unified Headquarters meet in Srinagar and asked the security forces to exercise restraint and start an encounter with a surrender offer and end it without the civilian causality.
“Wait for some time, give local boys, time to rethink. It is very painful to see young educated boys dying in encounters,” Mehbooba is understood to have told the top commanders.
There is no harm in what Mehbooba has said but point is would the armed forces pay any attention towards the suggestions put forth by the Chief Minister. Or they would continue with the policy which they are following.
New Delhi not responding to Mehbooba’s ceasefire offer is an indication that GoI won’t consider the suggestion put forth by her. Since the day Mehbooba has become the Chief Minister she has been making fervent appeals to India and Pakistan to end the hostilities and start the dialogue process. But both the countries have not paid much heed towards her suggestion.
The civilian killings near encounter sites has added to the worries of Jammu and Kashmir government. It doesn’t know how to react to the situation. Army Chief’s recent statement that anti-militancy operations won’t stop is a clear indication that New Delhi’s policy won’t change and bullet for bullet policy would continue. The young boys who have picked up guns have not shown much inclination towards giving up the arms.