Centre will not downsize benefits enjoyed by J&K separatists

SAS Geelani, and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
SAS Geelani, and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Photo credit: File Photo

Separatists should be dealt with in isolation or individually in Jammu and Kashmir, some members of the all-party delegation that visited J&K felt on September 7.

Recommendations, observations and suggestions made by different MPs after their visit have been listed by the government ahead of a meeting now being held by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with the MPs.

It will be decided at the meeting which of these different views presented by the MPs will become part of a blueprint for an action plan to resolve the Kashmir crisis.

As of now, the Centre is not considering taking any action against the separatists. Earlier media reports spoke of reducing facilities, including downsizing security, withdrawal of passports and examining Hurriyat Conference leaders’ bank accounts.

Meanwhile, the names, which had been doing rounds included hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabir Shah and Yasin Malik. Geelani especially kept the gates tom his residence when the members visited him.

The Centre is now not planning to crush down members of the Hurriyat Conference after their hasty action against the delegation in Srinagar. The Centre is in two minds whether or not to withdraw the airport privileges, housing from the government and free medical services given to the separatists.

While this was so, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti breathed fire at the separatists for losing another chance to resolve the J&K issue.“Their children study in Malaysia, Dubai, Bangalore and Rajasthan. If a single child of these people has been injured in the protests, I am ready to quit politics,” she said and flayed the separatists for pushing local children to fights.