Kashmiri youth are brand ambassadors of peace, democracy: Ashok Bhan

Srinagar, June 28 (KNS): Supreme Court senior advocate and chairman Kashmir Policy & Strategy Group, Ashok Bhan said the militancy in Kashmir is on the run, for the reasons that they are targeting innocent and unarmed civilians.

According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), speaking virtually with Kashmiri law student, Bhan said that the militants have lost the courage and ability to majorly involve with security forces.

“The security ecosystem in place is so alert and robust that the breed of so-called hybrid militants indulge in cowardice acts of killing unarmed innocents. The civil society and political class like a welcome statement and appeal by Mehbooba Mufti recently, should exert and uninterruptedly appeal these young gun toting youngsters across the board to drop their guns and join the mainstream socio-cultural life and be good citizens.”

The statement reads that this is the high time for these militants to save their lives otherwise zero tolerance to militancy and all out cleaning operations launched shortened their lives.

“The brutal killings of innocent is against the tenets of all the religions and particularly the Islam. There is no room for this madness of killing the innocent people. Kashmiri Muslims came forward to raise their voice against ‘targeted killings’. There was a protest at Lal Chowk against targeted killings. The Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam also said that Kashmiri Pandits or Dogra Hindus are an inviolable part of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat, and they should not be allowed to leave the Valley,” it reads.

It reads that Mirwaiz Omar Farooq has been time and again asking the gun toting youngsters to shun the gun and help in ushering in the peace process. “He has been always a votary of revival of plural ethos of Kashmiriyat and return of Kashmiri Pandits back to their homeland.”

It added that Kashmir has a rich heritage and that dates back to more than five thousand years. “It was from 14th Century and the advent of foreign rule and their policies of intolerance and rapid decline of intellectual pursuits seeped in Kashmir. The tyrant rulers decimated the intellectual potentials in Kashmir. Kashmiri youth has to live up to their rich heritage and not to lose their lives in militancy for nothing.”

It reads that the youth of Kashmir live, work, study and trade unhindered in different parts of India. “They are loved compatriots. They prosper and surely appreciate the opportunity for other natives back in the Valley. They are the brand ambassadors for peace, democracy and terror free life. Why aren’t they speaking up to secure the right to life of other Kashmiris and appeal to new age militants to shun the gun and join the mainstream life.” (KNS) 

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