The tragic story of Ghulam Mohammad Mir tells you what is really happening on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir - a story that has been wilfully ignored by the international media. There is a reason behind the “reasonable restrictions” and communication blackout imposed by the local administration in J&K. The safety and security of Kashmiris is of paramount importance for the government at this point in time.
“It is not that the government isn’t aware of the difficulties faced by ordinary citizens, but right now we do not want to take any chances. There is a vested interest who are hell-bent to spoil the law and order situation in the Valley,” said a top source who is in charge of the security apparatus in the Valley.
A case in point is that of Ghulam Mohammad Mir. A shopkeeper from Parimpora area of Jammu and Kashmir. On August 29, terrorists entered his shop and opened fire. He succumbed to his bullet injuries. A case was filed in the matter under relevant sections of law and the culprit was arrested by the police.
But what was Ghulam Mohammad Mir's fault? He dared to open his shop, defying the strike called by terror groups. Mir did not fall for the Pakistani propaganda. In fact, he kept his shop open during the peak of terrorist activities in 2008, 2010 and 2016. He wanted to send across a message — a message that the “lobby” in India, international media as well as Pakistani stooges won’t be able to comprehend. Mir was being hunted by terror groups. Investigation reveals that certain inimical elements were not happy with his younger son joining the Indian Army and he continuing with his regular business.
Highly placed sources in the security forces say that overground workers of terror groups have been moving around in the areas asking business establishments to remain shut. The agenda: to create panic and vitiate the atmosphere as life is slowly limping back to normalcy.
“By killing Mir, they are trying to send across a message. They just want to create fear,” said a police officer, who wished not to be named.
Noor Mohammad Dar, a resident of Bijbehara, was attacked by stone-pelters when he was driving his truck on August 25. He was the sole breadwinner of his family. His wife is distraught. “I have 3 children. We had a good life till the time he was killed by a stone pelter,” said Noor’s wife.
A resident of Kupwara, Mohammad Shafi Peer, was hit by a stone while he was returning home. But a certain section of the media peddled a lie by saying that Peer was hit a shell. However, Peer has spoken out the truth.
“It was dark when the incident took place. I was sitting in the middle. All of a sudden a stone hit me. It was not a shell. It was a stone. You can find it. It is still lying inside the vehicle,” said Mohammad Peer.
By ignoring the story of Ghulam Mohammad Mir, Noor Mohammad Dar and Mohammad Shafi Peer, the International media is only stoking fire and giving ammunition to those who are hell-bent to see the Valley burning.