Govt wakes up to security concerns

Govt wakes up to security concerns

The Jammu and Kashmir government has woken up to the security concerns of the mainstream politicians in the state. The Governor Satya Pal Malik has ordered a probe into the killings of political workers in the state since October 2018.
Killing of the BJP leader Ghulam Mohammad Mir in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district last week created fear among the mainstream politicians in the Valley. Leaders of all the political parties cut across the party lines and decried the decision of the government to withdraw the security of the political activists.
Soon after the Pulwama attack which left 40 CRPF men dead on February 14 this year, the government decided to withdraw the security of more than 900 persons, including 22 separatists. But the move to withdraw the security of mainstream parties seems to have back fired as the political activists have become “soft targets.”
Family members of Mir after his killing had stated that he had approached the district Police Chief to seek the security cover but he was told that he should get the recommendation letter from the top party leaders. But the party leaders, according to the family members of the deceased, ignored his request.
The ADGP security Muneer Ahmed Khan has been asked by the Governor Malik to probe the attacks on political workers and submit his report within 15 days. Leaders of all the political parties had claimed that the government withdrawing the security of the political activists had hampered the election campaign for the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls.
The Governor Malik has also extended an olive branch to the mainstream political parties by announcing that he would hold an All Party Meeting (APM) to discuss the security concerns of the politicians. The government has to address these concerns to ensure that forthcoming Assembly elections are held without any fear.