SECURITY Cover Given To Separatist Kashmiri Leaders Withdrawn

THE security cover given by government to six separatist leaders   of Jammu & Kashmir, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was withdrawn on Sunday as per the decision taken in the aftermath of the dastardly killing of   44 CRPF perso nnel   by a suicide bomber on Thursday in South Kashmir’s Pulwama. Besides the Mirwaiz, Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi, Fazal Haq Qureshi and Shabir Shah have been divested of security cover at the cost of tax payers. While there was no categorisation of security for these leaders, the state government in consultation with the Centre had provided them ad hoc security, keeping in mind the threat to their lives from some militant groups. Militants of Hizbul Mujahideen had killed Umar’s father, Mirwaiz Farooq, in 1990 and Abdul Gani Lone in 2002.No security was provided to pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF chief Yaseen Malik. As per the order, all security and vehicles provided to the separatists will stand withdrawn by Sunday evening. No security forces or cover will be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists. If they have any other facilities provided by the government, they are to be withdrawn forthwith. Police will review if there are any other separatists who have security or facilities and they will be withdrawn immediately, the officials said. Union  Minister for Home  Affairs, who had rushed to the Kashmir Valley  on Friday to review the  security scenario in the border state following the  Pulwama carnage, had advised  Governor  Satya Pal Malik that the security given to people getting funds from Pakistan and its snooping agency ISI should be reviewed. Meanwhile, The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Sunday issued an advisory taking note of the “fake pictures of body parts of our martyrs”, urging the people to not circulate such photos or posts. In its advisory, the CRPF took note of fake posts and pictures which are being made to appear to be of the slain CRPF soldiers who died in the Pulwama terror attack.”It has been noticed that on social media some miscreants are trying to circulate fake pictures of body parts of our martyrs to invoke hatred while we stand united. Please don’t circulate/share/like such photos or posts,” said the CRPF statement (image courtesy to News 18).

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