JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that he has been mandated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create conducive conditions for talks and hopefully the results will start pouring in after four to six months even as he asserted that militancy, recruitment of youth into militant ranks and incidents of stone pelting have gone down considerably during past few months.
Malik disclosed that militants responsible for the killings of prominent BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar have been identified and a breakthrough will be achieved in the case shortly.
He said the mentors of militants sitting across the border were frustrated by peaceful elections to the Urban Local Bodies and were directing their cadre to indulge in violence.
Addressing a press conference after re-opening of Civil Secretariat, the seat of the Government, in Jammu, the winter capital of the State, Malik said he will try to create an atmosphere for holding talks with stakeholders in the next four to six months.
“I carry a mandate of (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi to reach out to the people, make yourself available to them, do their work, ensure development of the State and create an atmosphere in which talks can be held,” he said.
“If you (media) will give us for four to six months, we will try to create an atmosphere in which talks can be held,” he said, reiterating that solution will emerge through talks and not gun.
Malik said the militancy-related incidents and stone pelting have come down since he took over and there was report of only single youth’s recruitment in the militant cadre and that too from Ghaziabad (in Uttar Pradesh), which too is not sure.
“I’ve been addressing the issues honestly,’’ he asserted.
“Our policy is yielding good results. Stone pelting and militancy-related incidents have stopped. Elections to the civic bodies were held peacefully. Not even a sparrow was killed,’’ the Governor said, adding that the Government wouldn’t allow upcoming Panchayat elections to be disturbed by the militants.
Malik said terrorism exists in the mind and it has to be tackled at the roots. “Terrorism exists in the mind and it is there that we must fight it,” he added.