Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday hinted at rehabilitating terrorists and assimilating them into the mainstream. According to a report in Zee News, Malik said that loss of anyone’s life, even if that of a terrorist, bothered him. He said he was making attempts to give them an “offer” from the government. (Also read: ‘Centre Wanted me to Appoint Sajad Lone as CM’)
He said terrorism was in the mind and not in the gun and that he wanted all “children” to return to the mainstream.
Lauding the security forces for their counter-insurgency work, the Governor said he had made all attempts to provide maximum possible facilities to the personnel ever since he was elevated to the position.
This comes days after he had targeted Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti that it was a “political compulsion” for her to talk to the terrorists.
He had made the remark in response to Mufti threatening the Governor-led administration of “dire consequences” if families of terrorists were harassed by police.
Reacting to the former chief minister’s statement, Malik had said, “I do not mind what Mehbooba has said because she is my friend’s daughter. But one thing is clear that speaking for militants is their compulsion in view of upcoming Assembly elections.”
“We have nothing personal against families of militants and instructions have been issued to the government forces to be careful during counter-insurgency operations,” Malik said.
Only last week, Malik had insisted that Hurriyat should not consider him an alien. He said Hurriyat must approach him directly with matters pertaining to atrocities and injustice to the common man if they came across any such situation.
“As I am available to a common man, I am also available for Hurriyat. If some incident takes place regarding atrocities on residents here, I will with my full forces make efforts to deliver justice. I respect the senior leaders of the Hurriyat and will treat them the way I am treating the common man,” he said.
However, he clarified that his discussions with the Hurriyat will not be a political one. He said, “Discussions with the Hurriyat cannot be termed as political. Being the Governor, I do not have the powers to hold political discussions with them. Only the Centre has the authority to do so.”