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‘None of them lost their own to terrorism’: J&K governor hits out at leaders

JAMMU: Leaders of Hurriyat and mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir, religious preachers and clerics have used their influence. And these leaders have killed the children of ordinary Kashmiris while none of them lost their own to terrorism, Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Tuesday.

He alleged that “affluent and powerful” sections have crushed the dreams of the youths in Kashmir and destroyed their lives. Further, he appealed to the people to understand the truth and join the Centre’s efforts to usher peace and progress in the state.

“Their children are studying abroad and are well settled. But they show the way to ‘Jannat’ (paradise) to the children of commoners and get them killed. All this has been happening here,” Malik said. He was addressing the seventh convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra town.

“Politicians, bureaucrats, affluent and powerful have crushed the dreams of the youths and destroyed their lives. “The society leaders, religious preachers, moulvis, Hurriyat and mainstream parties have used their influence. They have killed the children of ordinary Kashmiris. None of them have lost their child and nobody from their families joined terrorism,” he said. Masses know Malik for his candid remarks. He said, “After joining as governor, I have not taken input from the intelligence agencies. They are not telling the truth to Delhi or us.”

“I directly talked to 150 to 200 youths. Then I tried to identify those in colleges and universities who do not stand up for the national anthem. I talked to them and those in the age group of 25 to 30 years, whose dreams have been crushed, are misled and are angry. They do not want Hurriyat, us or Delhi government or autonomy. They show these kids that by being martyred is the way to paradise,” he said. The governor said he told such youths that they already have a paradise in Kashmir.

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