Srinagar: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday termed as welcome the statement of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressing readiness for talks, underling that “temperatures have improved a lot and are far below” since he took over the reins of the state.
“I feel happy that temperature when I came here is far below it. Today the Hurriyat, which once did not open door to Ram Vilas Paswan (presently a Cabinet Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution) who was standing at their door, are now talking about talks. There is lot of change everywhere. New recruitment in militant ranks is almost zero and there is no stone pelting after Friday prayers,” he said while addressing a function organized by Doordarshan Kendra Kashmir.
“We feel pained when a youth is killed but if bullet is fired, nobody will be provided flower bouquet. If we function sincerely, youth will not be swayed and misled that if you die you will get Jannat (paradise). As Jahngir said, if there is paradise on earth it is here in Kashmir and a Muslim will get Jannat if he becomes a good Muslim. You have your own constitution and flag. My vehicle has two flags and one is state flag and tricolor,” he said.
The Governor said that problem of Kashmir is younger generation and “there is need to solve their displeasure.”
“There are 22000 students from Kashmir who study outside and when there is some issue, we have appointed liaison officers so that the student is not made to go to the police station.”
Governor also expressed his happiness that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq spoke against drug menace and urged all to come up forward and play their role to completely limit the menace.
“There is need for Doordarshan and other media to work to completely curb the menace,” he added.