J&K Governor assures rehabilitation of militants, asks them to shun violence

Jammu, January 14: Assuring rehabilitation, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday advised militants to stop resorting to violence, assuring that his administration is ready to do whatever it could for their rehabilitation.

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“There is nothing like ‘operation all out’ and some people are using this wrong term. We want these children (militants) to come back and we are ready to do what we can do for them,” Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

“When a terrorist somewhere opens fire or hurls an explosive, it cannot be like this: you will fire and we will give you flowers and bouquets. On our side, we do not have any ‘operation all out’. They (militants) should leave this path as they will achieve nothing from this. There is nothing like ‘operation all out’,” Malik said.

Reacting to National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah’s statement that if his party is elected to power, it would establish a truth and reconciliation commission to probe killings in the state, Malik said he is stating something new every day. “He is a senior politician, so commenting on him is not good,” the Governor added.

Malik said mainstream politicians had political compulsions and “in our country one can go to any extent for a vote”.

As far as Assembly polls are concerned, “we are ready for polls and when the Election Commission decides, we will hold the elections”.

“We are being demonised across the country that everything here is wrong. But I can say with authority that Jammu and Kashmir is far ahead with many of the states in the country and the J&K Bank is one such institution which is doing good,” Malik said.

He suggested the bank to concentrate on providing easy loans to artisans and workers and said it had the ability to uplift the weaker sections of society. PTI