‘Militants involved in Kishtwar killings identified’

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Jammu, Nov 5: Clearing the air over the assassination of BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother by some unidentified gunmen, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said that the militants involved in the killings had been identified.
“Those who killed the BJP leader and his brother were militants and they have been identified,” Malik told reporters at a traditional press conference on the opening day of the annual Durbar Move offices here on Monday morning at the civil secretariat.
Earlier the Governor inspected the Guard of Honour.
The Governor said, “the handlers of Pakistan were not happy with the successful conduction of civic polls and this incident has taken place as a result of their frustration.”
Terming Kishtwar killings as unfortunate, Malik said that the morale of the security forces is very high, adding, “we will not allow militants to succeed in their nefarious designs and affect the upcoming Panchayat Polls.”
Malik however said that the regional parties like the National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have realised their mistake by not participating in the Urban Local Bodies election as they are now taking part in the Panchayat Polls.
“Both the NC and the PDP are participating in polls with good numbers,” said Malik.
NC, PDP boycotted the polls threatening any tinkering with Article 35-A earlier the judgment, which was deferred to January 19 by the Supreme Court.
Reacting to his statement that militancy will not end by killing militants, the Governor said, “we want to address the issues amicably through dialogue and we will create such an atmosphere in the region.”
“From the day I took over the state affairs, no big incident of stone-pelting has been reported because I have honestly tried to address the issues of the people and have tried to understand their concerns and problems,” said the Governor.
He further added that he has the mandate of the Modi Government to reach out to the masses and work for the welfare of the people and development in every part of the state.
Malik also claimed that no major recruitment had been carried out by the militant outfits in the past two months.
Talking about the Rohingyas issue, he said, “biometric of Rohingyas will be done in two months and the exercise has already been started.”
Meanwhile on the snowfall that hit the normal life he said “major restoration process has been done especially in the valley.”
“Nearly four towers were damaged in South Kashmir but they have been repaired and road connectivity in the major parts has been restored and work is in process to bring life on track, which was affected due to snowfall,” he asserted.
He also said that due to bad weather conditions, the loss of live stock has taken place and is being taken care off.