Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Desperate separatists creating hurdles in flood relief operations in J&K

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Desperate separatists creating hurdles in flood relief operations in J&K
SRINAGAR: In the midst of a natural calamity of a humongous proportion that has affected lakhs of people in Jammu & Kashmir, separatist leaders in the valley have shown their ugly face yet again by leaving no stone unturned in order to create physical hurdles in the ongoing relief and rescue efforts carried out by the armed forces in the state.

On September 13, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, led a gang of unscrupulous elements and tried to derail the rescue and relief process launched by the Indian Army, under Operation Megh Rahat, for the flood-hit regions of Jammu & Kashmir.

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According to sources from the army's Northern Command, Malik and his supporters forced ailing lady patients to get off an Army relief boat despite strong criticism of the shocking move by women in the area. Malik told the Army patrol to leave the patients and withdraw from the area.

Also, in spite of unprovoked stone pelting resorted to by a gang of hoodlums, the Army did not open fire in retaliation, preferring to disengage and relocate to a nearby area till the crowd dispersed.

When the Army patrol boat returned, the JKLF chief appeared told the boat patrol to get the patients off and leave. He claimed the Kashmiris do not want the Army rescue efforts to continue. Women in the boat and in the vicinity protested loudly at this insane act by a bunch of goons even as Mir, an aide of Yasin Malik, shouted at the ladies in Kashmiri and forced them to be silent.

In a second instance, hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani appealed to Pakistan (Pakistan army) to come to the aid of the Kashmiri people. The fact, however, remains that his wishes are aimed at creating problems for the forces involved in the relief and rescue operations.

The Indian Armed Forces and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) has earned appreciation internationally for carrying out with its humanitarian tasks. This in spite of reports of personal losses suffered by the Army.

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