The Jammu and Kashmir Government has sought Central assistance to raise the numerical strength of the state police for assuming the frontal position in the anti-terrorism operations in the event of Army withdrawal from the troubled Valley.
The proposal to raise at least 15 new battalions of J&K Police has been forwarded to the Centre. The issue has since been broached even at the Prime Minister's level, Tariq Hamid Karra, the state finance minister, told the Hindustan Times in New Delhi on Sunday.
A senior leader of the People's Democratic Party, a strong votary of Army withdrawal and "self-rule" in J&K, Karra said the situation is ripe for troop reduction. The state police is well equipped to combat terrorism and needs more personnel to fully take-over the internal security operations, he said.
Notwithstanding the widespread criticism evoked by the PDP's "self rule" theory, Karra targeted the "vested interests" for misconstruing it as a separatist slogan.
"Self rule is all encompassing and offers solution to all ills dogging Kashmir on either side of the LOC. No way are we compromising on the sovereignty and integrity of India," he clarified.
Hitting at the autonomy bogey raised by Dr Farooq Abdullah's National Conference, he said autonomy per se couldn't resolve the Kashmir problem in its entirety. It is confined only to the centre-state relations. In fact, autonomy is a part of the PDP's "self rule" doctrine, he added.
Interestingly, the "win-win" situation tossed by the recent World Bank award on Baghliar hydroelectric project, has raised hope among Kashmiris for replication of such a model on more contentious issues. "Baghliar resolution has happened at the right time. It has shown how the sensibilities of every party could be taken care off while resolving disputes," he observed.
In this connection, Karra claimed that his party's self rule formula shows the way to create a "win-win" situation as it has taken into account concerns of all parties including the problems of mistrust and discord among the three regions of J&K.
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