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No respect for restraint



[ February 18, 2017 ]

With Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warning people over protests near encounter sites and Jammu & Kashmir Government issuing an advisory to advise people to restrain from the encounter sites, the policy of restraint propagated by both the central and the state governments has come into question.


Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is continuing silence over the criticism of the controversial remark of the army chief General Bipin Rawat just to

Though people protest to demonstrate anger against the harassment of the locals living near the encounter sites but army chief has virtually dubbed them militants by saying ‘people protesting near the encounter sites would be treated as over ground workers of the militants’. Now when the state government has issued an advisory to ask people to refrain from protesting encounter sites, it is clear that the government has started implementing the orders of the army chief. Though the army chief’s remark has been contradicted by both the mainstream parties including Congress party the largest opposition party in the parliament and the frontline separatist leaders but both the state and the central government are not breaking the silence over the controversial remark of the army chief and the response of both the mainstream opposition parties including the largest opposition party in parliament Congress party and the separatist leaders. So for both the Union Home Minister and Chief Minister have been publicly asking army, paramilitaries and police to exercise restraint in both crowd control policing and anti-militancy operations but the warning of the army chief General Bipin Rawat to protesters in Kashmir by all standards of understandabilities is a sudden shift in the policy of restraint propagated by both the central and the state governments.






As the army chief’s warning to people protesting near encounter sites is bound to generate fresh wave of protests in the wake of the continuing silence of the state and the central government, it has become imperative for the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to take up the issue with the army chief and the defence minister of the country instead of issuing an advisory to people asking them to refrain from protesting near encounter sites. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is continuing silence over the criticism of the controversial remark of the army chief General Bipin Rawat just to ward off the domestic pressure mounting on her government over the excessive use of force but keeping in view the concerns of the people on the government’s policy of restraint in crowd control policing and counter militancy operations it would be better for the Chief Minister to clear the air on army chief’s controversial remark over protests near the encounter sites in Kashmir.