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Congress' Saifuddin Soz Reacts To Withdrawal Of Security Cover For Separatist Leaders By J&K Government

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

"Hurriyat never promoted violence", said Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, on Sunday, after the Jammu and Kashmir administration withdrew security cover provided to five separatist leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Expressing resentment over the step taken by Jammu and Kashmir government, Soz further called for a dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue.

“It will be counter productive too and will not be an advantage for the government of India at all. This is a narrow vision of Kashmir. I have also said that Hurriyat never promoted violence. A lot of Hurriyat leaders were murdered. Kashmir is a disputed land and it can be resolved through dialogues.  Violence never bring things on road, it is  dialogues which brings things on road,” he said.

He went on to attack Modi government and termed the terror attack as 'great security lapse'.

"PM Modi's politics is fake. He is selling things for 2019. This is great security lapse and PM Modi could be blamed for it. There is always a free hand. Kashmir is in bad situation because of AFSPA". 

Read: J&K Government Withdraws Security Cover Of Five Separatist Leaders. Read The Official Order Here

Acting tough against the separatists, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has issued notification revoking security and any vehicles assistance provided to the separatists and their sympathizers. 

“All security and any vehicles provided to them will stand withdrawn by today evening. No security forces or cover should be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists,” the official statement reads. 

As a step, the security and allied arrangements provided to the following four were also revoked: 

  • Shabir Shah
  • Hashim Qureshi
  • Bilal Lone
  • Abdul Ghani Bhat

Moreover, PHQ will review if there are any other separatists who have Government security or facilities and will withdraw these immediately. 

The direction for this move came in after Home Minister Rajnath Singh's visit to Srinagar after he held a meeting with the state administration, who said that action should be taken against those who get financial support from across the border. 

Singh on Saturday said, "There are some elements here who take money from Pakistan and ISI. I have told the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir very clearly that those who take money from Pakistan and have links with ISI, their security must be reviewed."

The decision came in the wake of ghastly Pulwama terror attack that martyred 40 CRPF jawaans on Jammu-Srinagar highway on February 14 when Pakistan-backed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into the bus of a 70 vehicle convoy.

Commenting on the terror attack, the Hurriyat leaders said, "As we witness killing of our loved ones our young and shoulder their coffins each day, we can feel and understand the pain and sense of loss that the family and friends of those who are killed go through, not for a day or two when everyone is expressing grief and condolences to them, but the silent grief and loss that stays with them for a lifetime." 

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