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Speaking for militants is their compulsion as polls are round the corner: Guv Malik on Mehbooba’s remarks

A day after PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the Governor headed administration, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said that speaking in favour of militants is their compulsion because elections are round the corner. Mehbooba on Sunday warned the Governor of dire consequences in view of alleged harassment to a family of a militant in Jammu by the police. “I do not mind what she (Mehbooba) has said because she is my friend’s daughter but one thing is clear that speaking for militants’ is out of their compulsion in view of upcoming Assembly elections,” Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a function this morning at University of Jammu. He however, said that if anything wrong has happened, he will order high level probe into the matter, adding, “we have nothing personal with families of militants and strict instructions have been issued to the government forces to be careful during counter insurgency operations.” The Governor also termed 2018 year as an overall successful year in many aspects and added, “many halted developmental schemes were resumed and people have started realizing that if peace prevails, progress will automatically take place.” He said democratic set-up was established while Panchayat Polls and Civic Polls were held successfully and peacefully in which not even a casualty of a ‘single bird’ was reported. On Sunday’s BAT Action foiled by the Army in Naugam sector of Kashmir, Malik said that if anybody try to disrupt peace in the state, he has to meet the similar fate and will not be spared. [UNI]

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