Srinagar: Police on Friday said that the situation in Kashmir was slowly limping back to normalcy.
“You can see the change in the Kashmir situation as it is slowly limping back to normalcy,” director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid told media in Srinagar.
Vaid, while addressing a press conference, was reacting to the question of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa’s joining Al Qaeda.
“Terrorist is a terrorist whichever outfit he belongs to. One who picks up the gun is a terrorist for us,” he said.
Vaid refused to comment on United Jihad Counsel chairman Syed Salahudin’s statement on Zakir Musa. “Let them decide who is what,” he said.
When asked about the latest incidents of ransacking of policemen’s houses by militants in south Kashmir, Vaid said that militants were doing that out of “frustration”.
“It is their frustration because their support structure is being handled by the JK police very effectively,” he said.
Vaid said that police provided support to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) during its raids on the houses of pro-freedom leaders for the investigation into the “terror funding” cases.
“All law-enforcement agencies work in unison, and we have no difference. We did support NIA when raids were conducted in Kashmir. JK police was with them,” he said.
Asked whether the NIA would also conduct raids on the houses of the joint Hurriyat resistance leadership, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, Vaid said that “time will decide on that”.
While speaking on the “Run for Peace”, a state-level marathon to be conducted by the police on July 30 (Sunday), Vaid said, “Everybody will take advantage of this event through which we want to convey the message of peace in the Valley.”
He said that the police was working together with the people, and it was the people JK police belongs to.
“Such sports activities and marathons will create positive change and make children mentally and physically strong,” Vaid added.