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1/21/2018 11:24:14 PM

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JAMMU, Jan 21: The nation's premier investigating agency, National Investigating Agency (NIA), filing charge-sheet against 12 "anti-nationals", including Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed, Hizbul Mujahiddin chief Syed Salahuddin and Hurriyat leaders close to Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yasin Malik, can be construed as a bold step given the fact that no Union Government in the country in 70 years mustered courage to do what the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government did on January 18.
The NIA in its charge sheet said these 12 persons had conspired to wage war against India and some of them were, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son-in-law, also involved in hawala transactions.
The charge-sheet can be termed as a new beginning and a turning point in the J&K's 28-year-long battle against dreaded and violent insurgency. Another significant aspect of the whole situation is the Army's increasing success in killing terrorists, both local and of foreign origin, including Pakistan.
One can only hope that the NIA has in its possession foolproof proofs and clinching evidence against these 12 "anti-nationals" or the accused and that it will not cut a sorry figure after the designated court starts legal proceedings against them. India has all along been a victim of what is called "its own soft image". The moment our Army and paramilitary forces get the upper hand, voices will grow within the Congress, the Left and the so-called liberal intelligentsia for a dialogue with the separatists, anti-nationals and with those who have blood of innocents on their hands.
They would point out that J&K is a "political problem that needed to be resolved politically" and that "there are genuine grievances and serious alienation". They will, in addition, also start campaigning against what they would call "excesses by the armed forces".
However, this time, New Delhi must discard all such voices. Instead, it should continue to follow the hard line, eliminate as many terrorists as possible, and give no quarter to anyone within the anti-India Hurriyat Conference led by syed Ali Shah Geelani or Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq or the JKLF led by Yasin Malik. New Delhi must send out a clear and loud message that they will neither get "azadi" by throwing stones and attacking Army, CRPF and police stations and they will also not get anything like "greater autonomy" or "self-rule".
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