GROANS OF FRUSTRATION

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 10:41:06


It must be appreciated that the Modi Government is not backtracking on the issue. It is firm on action and the leadership is not bothered about the threats issued from time to time by the likes of Muhammad Yasin Malik. Now that the war on terror is assuming fuller proportions in India, the Government must keep pressing on to garner greater advantage all the time. The Malik rhetoric about ‘freedom-loving’ people of Kashmir etc is nothing but groans of frustration.

Srinagar, Sept 7 (IANS): Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested here on Thursday.“These villainous acts by the Government would not break the spirit of the freedom-loving people of Kashmir,” Malik told reporters before he was arrested from a party office in the city’s Abi Gujar area.Three separatist leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Malik had announced, they would take out a protest march to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi and court arrest on Saturday.

New Delhi, Sept. 7 (PTI): The National Investigation Agency, on Thursday, carried out searches at 11 places in Jammu and Kashmir and the national capital region in connection with its probe into the funding terror activities and channeling of ill-gotten money through cross-LoC trade. NIA sleuths found three arms -- a pistol, a double-barrel gun, and a .315 rifle -- in possession of Razzaq Choudhary, a close aide of separatist leader Shabir Shah, officials said. ...

TERRORISTS in Kashmir have begun feeling the heat of Government’s swoop, which is obvious from the cantankerous statement of Muhammad Yasin Malik, Chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). Various Government agencies, led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have been hounding the terror groups for the past some time in a dogged manner. They have arrested many terror leaders and have recovered a lot of unofficial cash and blocked further terror-fund flow to the practitioners of violence against the innocent people. All this activity has begun causing a serious harassment to the terrorists, which is reflected well in the statement of Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The statement of a man as eminent as Muhammad Yasin Malik has its own significance as it indicates how harassed the terrorist leadership is feeling following the dogged pursuit the Government has launched. With their backs pushed to the wall, the terrorist leaders now seem to hit back by threatening the Government of a dire action, cladding their cantankerousness in words such as ‘freedom-loving’ people of Jammu and Kashmir. This is only an old rhetoric.

History shows us that the Government had never tried such a persistent action against terrorist groups and terror-funding systems that operated clandestinely for years. The action would be mostly in the form of strict and aggressive policing and swoops on terrorist hide-outs. That yielded only limited results. But for the past some, the official agencies started hitting back at not just terrorists and hide-outs, but also at the channels of funding.

That this campaign has had a far more than reasonable impact on terrorist groups. Muhammad Yasin Malik’s wailing stems from that sense of frustration. By any standard, this is a welcome sign for India. This is a welcome sign that the Indian efforts are going in the right direction.

In fact, many experts had recommended such action long back. It could never be known why the Manmohan Singh Government did not rise in anger and did not hit back at various faultlines as well as strong points in the terror ecosystem. After Mr. Narendra Modi formed the Government at the Centre, he started paying special attention to Kashmir and terrorism and separatism therein. He first began with aid packages when crises hit the State. Then came the tough stance on policing issues. Then came the surgical strikes into Pakistan-occupied areas. And now has come the stage of continuous swoops on terror groups and their funding channels etc.

Cumulatively, all these have had a tremendous morale-boosting effect on the common citizens -- of India as well as of Jammu and Kashmir. But more importantly, these continuous campaigns have had a terribly negative effects on terrorist leadership and various clandestine funding and operating systems. The bravado expressed by Muhammad Yasin Malik before getting arrested demonstrates their discomfiture.

It is only natural that people like Malik would respond to Government’s swoop in such a manner. For them, it is going to be life-or-death struggle and they are going to hit back in whatever manner possible for them. For the Government, however, such desperate steps only indicate the reality that the terrorist leadership is feeling cornered and chastised. For the Government and its various agencies, this should be deciphered as an obvious success of correct action.

Of course, it is never easy to combat terror through one-time swoops. Such swoops have only short-lived impacts and the terrorists regroup and hit back once the short-term action is suspended. So, the secret is to keep the swoop on consistently and relentlessly so that the terrorist leadership does not get any breathing time. Once that condition is achieved for a reasonable length of time, then good results start coming for the Government. In Kashmir, the Government action seems to have achieved that kind of critical mass.

The NIA raids against terror-funding channels and network, however, denote only one part of the need for a comprehensive action against terror. The other part belongs to strict, no-nonsense policing on a continuous basis without fear or favour. This may mean stretching our security forces to certain extent. But then, in situation of war, such consideration never comes up in the first place. For, what matters is action, action and more action against terrorists and their groups and their hide-outs and their leaders. Once the Government starts pursuing this goal persistently for a long time -- say a year at least -- things would start moving in the right direction.

This does not require a lot of resources for the Government. The Government’s best advantage is that its systems are in place all over the country, no matter how effectively. So, resources are already locked up in most places though without actual effect. So, once the Government decides to carry action forward, all its needs to do is to mobilise already employed resources and deployed manpower.

It must be appreciated that the Modi Government is not backtracking on the issue. It is firm on action and the leadership is not bothered about the threats issued from time to time by the likes of Muhammad Yasin Malik. Now that the war on terror is assuming fuller proportions in India, the Government must keep pressing on to garner greater advantage all the time. The Malik rhetoric about ‘freedom-loving’ people of Kashmir etc is nothing but groans of frustration of the terrorist leadership. Thus, good news seems to have started flowing out from Kashmir. There may be some hiccups even now. But then, they are part of the war against terrorism.