Arrest of Hurriyat leaders indicates government clear intentions of pursuing law and order approach

The recent arrest of Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir is a clear indication of political scenario shift. The arrested leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders were produced at Patiala House Court in New Delhi on July 25, 2017. The times of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's tenure when Kashmiri separatists walked the corridors of the Prime Minister's office have been supplanted with images of Huriyat Conference leaders being arrested and taken into custody by a central agency.

National Investigation Agency (NIA) has alleged the separatists of using money sourced from Pakistan to support the unrest followed by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Wani in July last year. The agency also threatened to question the senior separatist leaders on account of many benami properties.

A statement issued by the NIA states that the arrested have been funding separatist and militancy activities in Jammu and Kashmir and causing disruption in Kashmir Valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.

It is significant to mention that the Modi government called off foreign-secretary-level talks with Pakistan because of the reason that its high commissioner had a meeting with the Hurriyat and decided to pursue them under the law. The NIA probe is also a signal that New Delhi intends to pursue its law and order approach. The crackdown on the Hurriyat is a sure sign that there is no political outreach in the works.

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