Criticising Centre’s handling of the situation in violence-hit Jammu and Kashmir, the Shiv Sena said on Monday Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s international status is of no use if the government cannot replicate a US-like operation, where the a surgical commando raid neutralised al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.
In the party’s mouthpiece publication, Saamna, the Shiv Sena said although the Prime Minister condemned the attack on the Indian Army battalion headquarters in Uri town, and has vowed to bring the perpetrators to book, it is not likely to have any impact on a country like Pakistan.
“The violence in Kashmir has worsened over the past four months. The state government has crumbled in the situation and no one is paying any heed to what the Centre says. People are storming the streets saying ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ out in the open. In such a time, the state government in Kashmir should be suspended and a martial law should be put in force there,” the Saamna editorial said.
The situation in Kashmir is worse than what it was even under the Congress regime, the Shiv Sena, a junior partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the government at the Centre and in Maharashtra, added.
“Countries such as Russia and the United States are not going to save Kashmir. It is imperative to focus on strengthening our army instead of exchanging pleasantries with global leaders,” the Saamna editorial said.