J K News Today

Jammu, January 1:

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik said here on Monday that speaking in support of militants is the “ compulsion” of Mehbooba Mufti  in the run up to Assembly elections in the State . He was answering a question on the remarks of the former Chief Minister about the harassment of the families of militants on Sunday when she visited a family of a militant in Pulwama in  south Kashmir where she indicted the Governor’s administration and the police for harassment and torture of the family members of the militants.

“I do not mind what she (Mehbooba) has said because she is my friend’s daughter but one thing is clear that speaking for militants’ is out of their compulsion in view of upcoming Assembly elections,” Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a function this morning at University of Jammu.

He however, said that if anything wrong has happened, he will order high level probe into the matter, adding, “we have nothing personal with families of militants and strict instructions have been issued to the government forces to be careful during counter insurgency operations.”

The Governor also termed 2018 year as an overall successful year in many aspects and added, “many halted developmental schemes were resumed and people have started realizing that if peace prevails, progress will automatically take place.”

He said democratic set-up was established while Panchayat Polls and Civic Polls were held successfully and peacefully in which not even a casualty of a ‘single bird’ was reported.

On Sunday’s BAT Action foiled by the Army in Naugam sector of Kashmir, Malik said that if anybody try to disrupt peace in the state, he has to meet the similar fate and will not be spared.