New Delhi: Alleging Pakistan hand in
stone-pelting and law and order problem in Kashmir, BJP today
demanded that the government should "shed all confusion" and
adopt a tough approach to deal with terrorism and Naxalism.
"It seems that the UPA government is clueless and
confused on the strategy to fight terrorism. BJP demands a
tough approach, which is need of the hour against all kinds of
terrorism -- be it a Naxal challenge in the heartland or a
challenge from separatists in Kashmir valley," BJP
spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
He said increase in activities of Naxals and separatists
was a matter of deep concern. Government leaders speaking in
different voices was weakening the fight, he claimed.
Javadekar accused Pakistan of sponsoring stone-pelting
by protestors in Kashmir.
"Pakistan is involved in stone-pelting. Stones are
brought in trucks with each truckload costing Rs 1,000 to Rs
1,200. Boys are paid Rs 500 each for pelting stones. This is a
low cost, high impact strategy being used by terrorist groups
whose middle level leadership was liquidated by forces," he
Javadekar alleged that separatists also decide where the
stones are to be thrown.
The BJP MP further claimed that separatists in Kashmir
had spent Rs 50 crore on stone-throwing.
"Attacking security forces creates fear which
facilitates extortion. It not only creates panic but also
terror in the minds of people. Government should give powers
to security forces to take decisions based on the ground
situation," he said.
BJP maintained that the security forces were fighting
with their "hands tied" as the government was telling them to
practise restraint and human rights activists were threatening
Javadekar maintained that the security forces were not
only facing attacks from terrorists and separatists (he
referred to photographs of a CRPF jawan being beaten up) but
also from human rights activists.
"There is a constant fear of arrest for false, motivated
and pre-meditated allegations of human rights violations,"
Javadekar said, adding that in the past five years 98 per cent
of such charges had been proved false.
The Rajya Sabha MP asked the government to show
political will to combat this challenge to the "sovereignty of
"Government should not try to pass on the responsibility
of fighting this menace on the state governments. In both
Kashmir and the fight against Naxals, the confusion is at the
Central government level. There is a need for a unified
approach and command to mitigate the challenge."