How LG Manoj Sinha is breaking the ecosystem of separatism in Jammu & Kashmir


New Delhi, Aug 15: Dismissal of the 4 authorities officers, who embody the Hizbul Mujahideen chief Salahuddin’s third son, JKLF terrorist Bitta Karate’s spouse and two senior assistant professors of the College of Kashmir, on Saturday, serves one other powerful warning from the Authorities of Jammu and Kashmir that anyone selling an anti-national agenda wouldn’t be tolerated inside the ranks.

Unusual however true {that a} part of the federal government staff in Jammu and Kashmir has been on the forefront of the marketing campaign of ‘azaadi’ ever for the reason that eruption of the armed insurgency. Then Governor of the State, Jagmohan, was the primary who dismissed a variety of the separatist ideologues and activists, together with Abdul Gani Bhat, within the yr 1986. Bhat launched the Hurriyat’s precursor, Muslim United Entrance (MUF). Prime Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, together with Syed Salahuddin nephew Mohammad Yousuf Shah, contested Meeting elections of 1977 below the banner of MUF.

Finally Bhat and his colleagues floated ‘All-Get together Hurriyat Convention’ (APHC), a conglomerate of round 30 political, non secular and social organisations to offer political help to the militants in 1993. Evidently there was Pakistan’s hand behind the formation and funding of the Hurriyat however its exercise and existence for over 25 years within the Indian territory wouldn’t have been attainable with out help from people and establishments inside the State and the Central authorities.

The successive governments in Delhi had been the truth is both ignorant or conveniently permissive to the institutionalisation of secession in Kashmir. In March 1990, prime bureaucrats, together with some just like the late Ashok Jaitley, had been among the many senior IAS and KAS officers who signed a memorandum in search of the United Nations intervention to cease ‘human rights abuse’ by the safety forces. Unambiguously they justified and supported the reason for ‘azaadi’, demanding Kashmir’s resolution via the UN resolutions. This was the time when some officers of the State authorities felt emboldened sufficient to overtly help the militants’ and Pakistan’s trigger from their places of work and authorities lodging.

Twenty-nine years later, one in all such IAS officers, whereas being posted as India’s Chief Data Commissioner, was seen serving wazwan to the friends at Yasin Malik’s walima. A senior retired officer of the Indian Air Power (IAF) was later seen eulogising the staunch Pakistan supporter Syed Ali Shah Geelani as his ‘father’.

The institutionalisation of separatism inside the authorities lastly consummated, first when the PDP chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed fashioned a coalition authorities with the Congress occasion in 2002 and later when he cobbled a coalition with the BJP in 2015.

Within the very starting of 1990, Governor Jagmohan terminated the providers of 5 senior authorities officers for supporting the militants. Later, they sponsored a 72-day-long strike of the federal government staff which ended solely when the VP Singh authorities collapsed and the 5 J&Ok officers had been reinstated by the Chandrashekhar authorities with the intervention of the 2 Nationwide Convention (NC) leaders, particularly Dr Farooq Abdullah and Saifuddin Soz.

Jagmohan banned Jamaat-e-Islami run faculties however accommodated all of their lecturers within the authorities providers. And when the APHC was floated in 1993, the affiliation of the J&Ok Authorities staff had been publicly admitted as its constituent. It continued to help Pakistan’s, militants’ and separatists’ reason behind ‘freedom from India’ for the subsequent over 20 years.

Nonetheless, the rank separatists grabbed the utmost house within the authorities providers and establishments in 2015-18, when the PDP loved its second time period– this time paradoxically in a coalition with the BJP. Ideologues and activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and Hurriyat background had been positioned in key positions. Ministers jostled to select up this model as their aides and PROs. It was the interval when an icon of the 1990 staff’ agitation was inducted as a Minister within the Cupboard. Even when some staff had been dismissed below the coalition companion BJP’s stress, the termination orders had been drafted so loosely that these didn’t maintain in judicial scrutiny and virtually all of the sacked officers joined their providers again with the courtroom orders.

For about 25 years, the federal government’s personal staff had been seen sponsoring strikes and implementing Hurriyat and militants’ requires shutdown. Nonetheless, they continued to attract their salaries with none questioning from the federal government.

So, the very first thing Manoj Sinha did instantly after his taking up because the Lieutenant Governor in August 2020 was to amend provisions of the Article 311 of the Structure of India. The modification empowered the LG to approve, with out enquiry, dismissal of the federal government staff ‘within the curiosity of the safety of the State’ as per the suggestions of a excessive degree authorities committee. Over 50 authorities staff, together with these working with the federal government subsidiaries and undertakings have been dismissed within the final two years. They included Police officers, college and school lecturers and the college colleges.

Designated as a worldwide terrorist for being the ‘Supreme Commander’ of the guerrilla outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and Chairman of the Pakistan-based United Jehad Council, Syed Mohammad Yousuf Shah alias Salahuddin has been residing in Pakistan constantly since 1993. Within the earlier phases of the crackdown, the UT Authorities terminated the service of his two sons, Syed Shakeel and Shahid Yousuf. Booked individually in a terror funding case, each have been arrested and lodged in a jail in Delhi. Whereas Shakeel was an worker of the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) since 1990, Shahid had been engaged as an Agriculture Extension Officer by the State authorities.

Within the order issued on Saturday, the UT Authorities has fired Salahuddin’s third son, Syed Abdul Mueed, who had been recruited as Supervisor Data Know-how on the Jammu & Kashmir Entrepreneurship Growth Institute (EDI) which features below the management of the Chief Secretary.

By one other order, the UT Authorities has dismissed Assaba-ul-Arjamand Khan, a Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service (JKAS) Officer of the batch-2011, who had been currently elevated to the rank of Deputy Secretary to the Authorities and posted as a District Panchayat Officer. She was answerable for Publicity on the Directorate of Rural Growth in Kashmir. She occurs to be the spouse of the detained separatist Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate– one time JKLF terrorist who in custody admitted to a tv anchor that he had shot useless round 20 Kashmiri Pandits ‘on the orders of my commander Ishfaq Majid Wani’. Nonetheless the prosecution in a terror courtroom failed to ascertain the costs in opposition to Karate who was launched.

Of late, two outdated circumstances– kidnapping of the previous Union Dwelling Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter Rubaiya Sayeed and the Indian Air Power personnel killings– have been revived by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Together with the JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik, Bitta Karate is going through expenses in these circumstances.

Muheet Ahmad Bhat of Arabal Shalimar, with a doctorate in laptop science, had been appointed as a scientist within the Laptop Science Division of the College of Kashmir. Through the years, he was elevated to the place of ‘Scientist-D’, equal to senior assistant professor. Authorities had reviews of his involvement in mobilising and selling separatist political exercise whilst he acted as President of the Kashmir College Academics Affiliation (KUTA) for over 3 years. He had allegedly performed a job within the post-Burhan Wani turmoil within the valley.

Majid Hussain Qadri of Bhagwanpora Lalbazar Srinagar, was working as a senior assistant professor on the Division of Administration Research, College of Kashmir. He was arrested in 2004 for his alleged hyperlinks to militants when he was a analysis scholar on the Kashmir College. Nonetheless, he was launched because the Police failed to ascertain any adjustments in opposition to him. He subsequently accomplished his doctorate and was appointed as college within the Division of Administration Research.

‘Syed Abdul Mueed, Supervisor IT, JKEDI, has been discovered having position in three terror assaults on JKEDI Complicated at Sempora at Pampore and his presence within the Establishment has elevated sympathy with the secessionist forces’, mentioned an official press launch.

‘Ms. Assabah-ul-Arjamand Khan has been discovered concerned in offering false data for in search of a passport. She has been discovered having hyperlinks with international individuals who have been listed by the Indian safety and intelligence to be on the payrolls of the ISI. Her involvement in ferrying consignment of cash for funding anti-Indian actions in Jammu and Kashmir has additionally been reported’, mentioned the federal government press launch.

‘Dr Muheet Ahmad Bhat has been discovered concerned in propagating secessionist-terrorist agenda in College of Kashmir by radicalizing the scholars for advancing the programme and agenda of Pakistan and it’s proxies’, the press launch added.

‘Mr. Majid Hussain Qadri, a Senior Assistant Professor in College of Kashmir has a protracted affiliation with terror organizations that features LeT. He had been earlier booked below Public Security Act and is figuring in a variety of FIRs registered u/s 302, 307 and 427, and seven/27 RPC relating to numerous terror associated circumstances’, mentioned the press launch.

The one adverse response to the Authorities motion got here in from the Peoples Convention chairman Sajad Lone who functioned as a Minister from the BJP quota in Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s and Mehbooba Mufti’s authorities in 2015-18.

‘Each citizen of India has his or her personal rights. A son can’t be held liable for his father or spouse for her husband or a father for his son. Unhappy – that kinship is used as a justification to sack individuals. This merely is just not good. In all humility, I register my disagreement,’ Lone tweeted.

Beforehand, in the same motion, the UT authorities terminated the providers of a senior professor of the Division of Chemistry within the College of Kashmir. With the recent orders, three of Salahuddin’s sons have been faraway from the federal government service. The federal government has additionally dismissed the separatist hardliner SAS Geelani’s grandson as a Supervisor within the Sher-e-Kashmir Worldwide Convention Centre (SKICC).

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