Srinagar: Asking Kashmiri sportspersons to use social media to further their careers, the director general of J&K police, Shesh Paul Vaid, on Monday said that Facebook and other social media platforms were being used for “provocation and destruction”.
“We don’t have that (destructive) vision,” Vaid said, addressing a sports event that was held as a valedictory function for the J&K Police and in which 182 players from five south Kashmir police districts participated.
“We want the youth of J&K to come (forward) for constructive activities,” he said, “the police see national and international players amongst you…We want players from among you to go for mountaineering to Mount Everest and let J&K Police sponsor you,” he added.
“I am thankful to the parents of these players who expressed trust in J&K Police and sent their children for participation,” he said, adding, “We are your police… we are from you. We share the sadness and pain.”
The DGP said that the police want the youth to exploit the adventure sport potential of Jammu and Kashmir, to which tourists from across the world are attracted. “Sportspersons should open Facebook accounts so that people from across the world contact you to participate in the adventure tourism… I see that vision,” Vaid added, “Not like how social media is being used for destruction… We want peace and progress in J&K.”
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the function, the DGP said, while responding to questions regarding attacks on pro-India political workers in south Kashmir, “We are taking measures and investigating the issue, following which we will take action under law against those involved.”
He also said that the “necessary steps were taken” in south Kashmir for conducting anti-militancy operations, adding, “Militancy is undergoing a phase of desperation before it ends.”
On braid chopping, he said that there was “no need to give it hype”. “We are taking strict measures against those involved in beating innocent people, and the investigation is going on in the matter,” he said when asked about the unabated braid chopping of women in Kashmir.