Embarrassing revelations by PDP-BJP government on Kashmir unrest


Two statements by two senior functionaries of Jammu and Kashmir governments have posed serious questions on the competency of the state administration in the valley led by PDP-BJP alliance.

Veteran PDP leader, Muzaffar Baig, on Monday made a sensational claim that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was kept in dark over Kashmir operations that led to the killing of Burhan Wani. He told India Today that Burhan Wani should have been arrested and demanded an inquiry.

His statement came in sharp contrast with the Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who has endorsed the operation to kill Wani. Rajnath Singh’s party, the BJP, is an alliance partner in the Jammu and Kashmir government.

The second equally startling revelation from Amitabh Matto, who’s an advisor to the chief minister. In his sensational claim to NDTV, Mattoo said that there was no ban on the newspapers as widely reported by the media recently.

He said, “There’s no ban. Heads will roll and whoever locally took decision to ban newspapers in Kashmir.”

Last week, we reported how local police, which reports to the state government, had raided the printing presses of several local newspapers and seized the copies of newspapers.

Bashir Ahmad Bashir, who’s the Editor Srinagar Times – an Urdu daily published from Srinagar – and famous cartoonist, had told The Indian Express, “This is undemocratic. We were printing the newspapers at our press when the police came. They asked us to stop and took away the newspapers that we had already printed.”

Writing about the police’s excesses, a local newspaper The Greater Kashmir had reported, “More than 20 policemen barged into GK printing Press and directed the employees to stop printing the newspaper. Within no time they stopped the machines and pulled out the plates. The Policemen seized the plates of Greater Kashmir and more than 50,000 printed copies of Kashmir Uzma and closed down the GKC printing press. Cops misbehaved with the employees present there and snatched their cell phones. The employees who tried to resist were beaten up by the policemen.”

The state government has come under severe condemnation for its alleged mishandling of the Kashmir unrest, which has left dozens killed and hundreds critically injured. The new revelations around the functioning of the state administration and the agencies under its control will cause more embarrassment for the PDP-BJP alliance.