Sunday, 17 February 2019

The move comes after 40 CRPF personnel were killed by a car suicide bomber in Pulwama on February 14. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

"All security and any vehicles provided to them will stand withdrawn by today evening. No security forces or cover should be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists," said a statement by J&K government.

The statement added that if the separatists have any other facilities provided by the government, they are to be withdrawn forthwith.

Police headquarters will review if there are any other separatists who have government security or facilities and will withdraw these immediately, the statement added.

'Non-issue', says Hurriyat chairman

Hurriyat chairman Umar Farooq on Sunday described the decision to withdraw security as a "non-issue for us".
"It was the government decision at that time to keep the security. It’s their decision to remove it. It’s not an issue for us," The Mirwaiz told The Hindu.
He said the security of separatists was being "politicised". 
"It has no bearing nor can it in any way change the reality of the lingering Kashmir dispute or the situation on the ground or our principled stand and outlook regarding its resolution," said the Mirwaiz.
He said the Hurriyat leaders had never asked for security and it was provided on the assessment of threat perception. 
The Mirwaiz's father Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and uncle were assassinated by unknown gunmen in two separate incidents since 1990.

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