Srinagar | June 9 : Former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief AS Dulat who has always maintained a close contact with Kashmir, has asked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that CBMs were already in existence, you only need to implement them.
“CBMs have been there since Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took over as the chief minister. The question really was the implementation of CBMs. Mufti sahib was happy with it. Mehbooba was looking for some kind of assurance that what has been assured or promised should be implemented,” Dulat has said in an interview to a local daily.
Dulat said Mehbooba waited for a long time and he doesn’t think she got any assurance.
“She went to the prime minister and the meeting went well, but the RSS promptly said we have not given any assurance. Everything was there in the Agenda for Alliance. Why did she waste three months. Obviously, there were lots of doubts in her mind and in the end it did not help her. To some extent, it made things more difficult for her,” he said.
About the new wave of militancy, he has said the number of militants always varies.
Somebody says 300 or 350. I say if it is just 50, it is bad enough. Some of the anger on streets is also because of unemployment. Also, a big problem is of drugs and liquor here. These are some portents of danger. It should be matter of concern to us.
Dulat also criticized police for their statement of Militant commander Burhan Wani.
“A Hizb militant was arrested or surrendered and JK police claimed Burhan Wani is alone. Firstly, I don’t think there was need of that statement. As a sequel to that, Burhan Wani’s father said his son was not alone. That is scary: somebody’s parents are endorsing militancy. Somebody needs to talk to him and counsel him,” he said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch