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Glamour in militancy back, youth in hordes take up guns: Mir

Former state minister Ghulam Hassan Mir on Monday claimed that glamour in militancy is returning in Kashmir with youth taking up guns in huge numbers.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2015 21:59 IST
Peerzada Ashiq
Peerzada Ashiq
Hindustan Times

Former state minister Ghulam Hassan Mir on Monday claimed that glamour in militancy is returning in Kashmir with youth taking up guns in huge numbers.

In an interview to the Hindustan Times, Mir, head of the Democratic Party Nationalist, claimed he was receiving delegations where parents confirm their wards were joining the militant ranks.

"Faith of youth in democracy is eroding. Youth in large numbers voted against the BJP but it succeeded to come to power through the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which promised to stop its march," Mir told the HT.

On frequent unfurling of ISIS and Pakistan flags in the valley, Mir said, "These are manifestations. They (youth) don't know ISIS but reflect alienation and anger. Youth show these flags to Kashmir leadership first who betrayed them and then to rulers in Delhi."

Mir, who was a minister for two consecutive terms since 2002, said the present alliance resembles the alliance of the National Conference and the Congress of late 1980s, which resulted to full scale militancy.

"There is a mindset in the valley (about the BJP). Whether valid or not but it remains there. The joining of PDP with the BJP cannot satiate people's aspirations through development politics only," said the former Tangmarg MLA said.

"There is increase in extremism on both sides of Pir Panchal. People live with the sense that the PDP is a total sell out. There is no sense of security from the present dispensation," he said.

Mir warned of further alienation of the youth. "Youth in the valley have feelings that with each passing day things are snatched from them. It leads to radicalisation and chaos," he said.

He accused the PDP of resorting to rhetoric during the polls. "The PDP talked about resolution they could not deliver. Leave that, even unemployment policy was rolled back," he said.

The former legislator accused the PDP-BJP dispensation of tampering with the state institutions. "Judiciary remained only institution where people expected justice. However, with selection of judges as member of the Public Service Commission, it will kill neutrality," said Mir, while referring to the recent selection of PSC members.

He lashed out at the government for the financial situation. "In second month of budget, we started facing financial crisis. This year, only budget speech was delivered as no budget proposals were made," he alleged.

He asked the Centre to provide relief to the flood-affected families of September 2014 floods. "As was recommended by the previous government, the Centre should release funds. It seems the government is not serious about it," he alleged.

"There should be proper effort from the state government to get the additional relief. The Centre cannot doubt the state's integrity. Kashmir has a political government with constitution and powers," he added.

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