Srinagar: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s warning that those who create “hurdles” during operations in the Valley would face “tough action” Thursday evoked sharp criticism from both the mainstream and pro-freedom leadership.
Pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani Thursday strongly reacted to army chief, Bipin Rawat’s statement. He said that Rawat’s tough words were typical of the Indian government’s “arrogance”.
“It is scary that instead of taking this development seriously, they are parroting unfound theories,” said Geelani.
Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “The statement reflects a mindset… The Army chief needs to ask why the Army is being used to crush a movement, and why people gather despite risk to their lives.”
The opposition National Conference Thursday criticized the Army chief Bipin Rawat for his tough talk. “It is tragic that New Delhi is still trying to talk to the youth of Kashmir through the defence establishment when the need of the hour is to engage them politically. Youth rushing towards encounter sites are signs of the sense of alienation and disenchantment in Kashmir. The need of the hour is to understand the deep sense of isolation in Kashmir and deal with it with statesmanship and magnanimity,” the party’s spokesperson Junaid Mattu said.