What is Happening in Jammu & Kashmir?
| IOP Desk - 06 Aug 2019

What is Happening in Jammu & Kashmir?

Inside Story from Srinagar By Jaibans Singh

Srinagar, Aug 06, 2019: Against the backdrop of the prevailing situation in Jammu & Kashmir, the Army Commander, Northern Command, Lt. General Ranbir Singh chaired a meeting of the Core Group of Intelligence and Security agencies at Srinagar to review the operational readiness to meet any contingency that could adversely impact the security situation in J&K. 

Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, met Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar on Tuesday. Governor & NSA discussed the prevailing external & internal security situation in J&K in the aftermath of developments in the Parliament.  

In a far-reaching move, the Centre on Monday revoked Art 370 (3) of Jammu and Kashmir that grants special constitutional status on the state proposing to bifurcate it (state) into two Union Territories (UTs) -- J&K with a legislature and Ladakh without one. 

Before this on August 5, the state government imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Srinagar district. As per the order, there will be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed. There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order.

The state authorities stepped up security at vital installations and in sensitive areas suspended mobile internet services and either "arrested" or "detained" several leaders in fast-paced developments on Sunday night. Central para-military forces and police were deployed in heavy numbers at all the vital installations while armed troops were standing by in the event of any trouble.

The Army Commander highlighted that during the past few days, Pakistan had intensified its efforts at increasing strength of terrorists in launch pads along the Line of Control, initiating ceasefire violations, pushing infiltrators across the LoC, calibrating terrorist actions in the hinterland as also exploiting the social media to launch a disinformation campaign in J&K.

The Indian Army has given a befitting response in thwarting these nefarious designs of the enemy to cause disturbances in our country, particularly in the Kashmir valley.

The Army Commander has urged the people not to fall prey to the enemy’s evil designs to poison their minds with incessant propaganda and exhorted them not to proliferate or indulge in rumor-mongering. He warned Pakistan Army against continuing with such a disruptive course and said that the Indian Army would respond to such activity with resolve and the cost would be prohibitive for the neighbouring country.  

Giving details of the security of the hinterland, it was highlighted that counter-terrorism and law and order grids had been strengthened. The security forces are suitably deployed to guard important vulnerable points/areas, prepared for crowd control, and any other challenge that would be posed to the law and order situation in the state. There will be no let down in the conduct of counter-terrorist operations.

According to a report in the Kashmir Times, a local daily, “Undeclared curfew restrictions were imposed since early morning on Sunday and nobody was allowed to come of their houses in the entire Srinagar district and other places across the Valley. The people were asked to stay indoors. Mobile data services, internet services, mobile telecommunications were withdrawn around 10.00 PM day before yesterday. Radio and television channels services were also suspended across the valley. Satellite phones were being provided to police officials and district magistrates.”

Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti has not been allowed to move out of their respective house in view of the restrictions, while Congress leader Usman Majid and Communist Party of India-Marxist MLA M Y Tarigami claimed to have been arrested around midnight.

The Army Commander stated that security forces are maintaining a high state of alertness and readiness to counter any inimical designs.

Serving a note of caution to those who harbour plans to disrupt peace and harmony within, the Army Commander stated that they would be dealt with firmly.

The changing political narrative with removal of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories has necessitated a state of high alert. While the entire nation has expressed satisfaction with the decision of the government it is appreciated that the external enemies will use their proxies within to create trouble. A big challenge is being posed by rumour mongering that has the potential to create widespread panic and a fear psychosis.

There is a need for the security forces to remain vigilant. The words of the Army commander and the joint security meeting are indicative of the resolve and high state of preparedness of the security forces to meet any and every challenge that is posed by inimical powers with the intention of negatively exploiting the current situation.

Overall, the Security Forces are firmly in control of the security situation and the necessary security arrangements had been put in place for ensuring peace and security. The assurance given by Home Minister Amit Shah that there will be no untoward fallout of the decision of the government in Jammu and Kashmir has been further substantiated by the Army Commander on the ground. Image credit - ANI

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