J&K 'separatist' crisis: Shouldn't so called Indian passport holders be banned for anti-India acts?

New Delhi, Devika Chhibber | Updated : 25 March 2015, 11:59 AM

‘Separatist’ troubles for Jammu and Kashmir are not settling down! And, Pakistan National Day celebrations in India have upped the quotient of crisis for the 25-day-old Mufti Mohammed Sayeed government in the state.

In an ugly turn of events, patriotism has seen a new low in Jammu and Kashmir. Be it the hoisting of a Pakistan flag by Hardline Kashmiri women group Dukhtaran-e- Millat or Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s ‘open’ consultations with separatist leaders for 3 consecutive days.

The condition becomes worrisome after the recent episode of Pakistan Day celebrations in India showcasing the daring anti-India movement by separatists.

First Mufti Sayeed praises Pakistan government on his first day as CM, then his govt releases separatist leader Masarat Alam, later Pakistan invites separatist leaders to attend its National Day celebrations in New Delhi.

And, no doubt our so called passport holder Indians- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Abdul Gani Bhat, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Bilal Gani Lone, Aga Syed Hassan, Mussadiq Adil and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza attend the gala event shamelessly.

Is this a joke? Have they no shame left? This comes a day after Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani claims that "there is no terror" in Kashmir. The separatist leader even went up to the extent of saying that what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir is "state terrorism".

A similar incident happened on March 23 when Syed Asiya Andrabi, a self-acclaimed Islamic feminist and former militant commander Ashiq Hussain Faktoo’s wife, hoisted Pakistan’s flag and sang Pakistan national anthem in Srinagar on the National day of Pakistan. Not just this, a poem praising the Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah was also recited at the event.

On Wednesday, however, taking note of the incident Asiya Andrabi was booked for anti-India speech.

Notably, this is the same group which are associated with separatist group Hurriyat and has been demanding for the independence of Kashmir. In an interview to a national TV last year, Asiya also maintained that she has been celebrating 23rd March and 14th August (Pakistan Independence Day) for the last 35 years.

This is seriously outrageous. The daring of Pakistan and the outlandish treatment of separatists against India raises questions on our country’s integrity and dirty politics. Are they not Indians? Don’t they have any respect for Indian constitution?

And, what is out ‘strict PM’ Narendra Modi doing to set an example? Nothing, it seems the BJP-run government is just trying to save its coalition in Jammu and Kashmir.

At one point after facing backlash, he however defended his party in the parliament after opposition parties criticised the state government for releasing separatist leader Masarat Alam from prison.

But is that enough? Shouldn’t these Indian passport holders been banned and put in jails for their anti-India acts?

Much said than done, it is time that our Modi-run government at Centre wakes up and face the fresh threats to restore peace in the country, else it is highly likely that BJP will lose Jammu and Kashmir to separatists soon.
First Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:25 AM
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