Hurriyat is scared of Pakistan, militants: Governor Malik


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Srinagar: In a scathing attack on Pakistan, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik claimed that Hurriyat is caught in a web since it is scared of Pakistan and the militants.

Replying to a question in an interview with the Hindustan Times on whether he would hold dialogue with the Hurriyat, Malik has replied that the Hurriyat was scared of Pakistan and militants.

“We can talk to the Hurriyat also but the problem is that they are caught in a web,” he said. “They are scared of Pakistan and they are scared of the terrorists. They talk unreasonably.”

Malik also said that Hurriyat must abandon Pakistan and they must take an ‘independent’ stand. “Let me tell you, (former Pakistan President Pervez) Musharraf had told Hurriyat leaders that India is a superpower and he cannot break India. He told them that he would not be able to change the Line (of Control). He had told them that neither India nor Pakistan can afford a war and that they should negotiate concessions for Kashmir,” he was quoted in the newspaper.

He also dismissed any talks of diluting the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) saying that AFSPA cant even be discussed let alone dilute it. “The army is doing a very difficult job. They are the same people who rescued locals during floods. They treat locals in medical camps and yet they are targeted. We can’t even have a discussion on AFSPA, leave alone diluting it,” he stated.

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