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Pak must stay out of India's 'internal' issues: Defence expert on Kashmir unrest

Updated: Jul 11, 2016 19:00 IST

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): With Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemning the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces and asserting that 'oppressive measures' were being taken against the people in Jammu and Kashmir, defence experts have called on the Centre to warn Islamabad not to poke its nose in India's 'internal' matters.

Speaking to ANI here, defence expert P.K. Sehgal stated that Pakistan and the ISI stood to gain most advantage from the unrest in the valley over Wani's death, adding that Islamabad took advantage of the turmoil and immediately collaborated with the separatists to make matters worse for the security forces and the state government.

"As soon as security forces confirmed that Burhan Wani was dead, things started rolling into action. First of all, Pakistan ISI immediately took advantage of the situation and collaborated with the separatists and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)," Sehgal said.

Talking about the game plan of the ISI to stir trouble for India, he further said that the Pakistan ISI did three things.

"They instigated the people of JK so that they turn out in large numbers, numbers so huge that it becomes a matter of great worry for the security forces. They ensured that the locals become an obstacle in the path of the work being done by the security forces to contain the situation and they called for a state-wide bandh across the valley," he added.

Stating that the separatists were well aware that by calling a shutdown, a curfew is automatically put in place which puts restriction on the daily life of people in the state, Sehgal stated that on the second day of the band itself, they extended it for another three days.

The defence expert further said the largest advantage from the violence in the valley was for Pakistan and the separatists, adding India must firmly ask its neighbours to stay out of its internal matters.

"Nawaz Sharif issued a statement citing human rights violation, saying that India was using oppressive tactics, despite knowing that they themselves are doing more oppression in Baluchistan and PoK," he said.

Sharif has deplored "excessive" force against civilians in the latest wave of violence in the Valley while expressing "deep shock" over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

"The Prime Minister of Pakistan has expressed his deep shock at the killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and many other civilians by the Indian military and paramilitary forces," Sharif's office said in the statement.

"Oppressive measures such as these cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions," he said.

Expressing concern over the detention of Kashmiri separatist leaders, Sharif said India should fulfill its human rights obligations as well as its commitments under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Meanwhile, Sehgal also stated that the current tense situation in Jammu and Kashmir was to some extent the fault of the state government.

He said that they should have anticipated repercussion from Wani's death as this was not the first time that something like this had happened.

"You can only win the hearts and minds of the people there if you bring in a sensitive government. So far all the government's there have been insensitive. When the floods came, infrastructure was damaged and daily life was a struggle. The Centre made a lot of promises and turned it into a complete politically charged issue," he said.

Hitting out at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for rebuking the security forces for using excessive force in handling the situation in the valley over Burhan Wani's death, Sehgal added that the Army never resorts to guns unless they have absolutely no choice.

"Security forces do not strike with the intention to kill. But when the situation gets out of hand, they are left with no choice," he said.

Earlier, Mehbooba expressed her condolences to the bereaved family members of the youths, who were killed in the protest, and admitted that 'disproportionate forces were used on mourners' besides urging people for calm.

She asked the police and the paramilitary forces to use Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) while dealing with the protesters to avoid loss of precious human lives or injuries.

The Supreme Court had earlier on Friday said that the army could not use excessive force in its counter-insurgency operations in areas declared disturbed under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

The death toll in the clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir mounted to 23, as normal life remained paralysed for the third day today in the Valley due to curfew-like restrictions and separatists-sponsored strike in the wake of Wani's killing in an encounter on July 8. (ANI)

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