SRINAGAR: In an interesting turn in gubernatorial statesmanship, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday suggested militants to kill the people who have plundered Kashmir for years. Malik hinted that in coming days, at least three former ministers – he said crocodiles – will have to seek bails from the courts in various corruption cases.“These boys who have picked up guns are killing their own people; they are killing PSOs (personal security officer) and SPOs (special police officers),” Governor Malik said in his inaugural speech of the Kargil Tourism Festival 2019 at Khree Sultan Cho Sports Stadium Kargil. “Why are you killing them? Kill those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir. Have you killed any of them?”
Malik’s statement came in the backdrop of his detailed firsthand account about the state of corruption in the state and his efforts to root it out. Talking about Dal and Wullar lakes, Malik said he is unable to do anything because the officers are not working. He called for public pressure to make the bureaucracy work.
Terming corruption as the biggest disease inflicting Kashmir, Malik said while visiting Amarnath, he found the horse-men in modest clothing without even sweaters. “But in same Srinagar, there are officers who own 20-room houses having carpets worth crores,” Malik said. “Those who have retired have a house each in Maharani Bagh and Vasant Kunj.”
The governor said that if he had the mandate, he would file cases against all these people and recover the wealth they had plundered and restored it to the poor people of the state. “There is lot of poverty,” Malik insisted. “I cannot tell you the state of poverty in the Down Town, the main Srinagar. I cannot tell you what people do to fill their bellies.”
Malik said the “big dynasts” are living a “luxurious” life. “They have infinite wealth. They have a home here, in Delhi, In Dubai, in London and other parts of the world,” Malik said. “We try to see a big hotel in Srinagar and we come to know that these netas have stakes. They have stakes everywhere as they take the money of the poor.”
The governor said that as long as he is in Jammu and Kashmir, he will leave no stone unturned in fighting the menace of corruption. He said he and Mufti Sayeed resigned in wake of Bofors and then a poet said: “Hazoor Inko Kya Pakadyay Ga – Badi Machlioun Kay Samandhar Alaag Hein.” (How can you catch them when the big fish sail in different seas?)
But, the governor insisted, within two to three months, people will see three “big fish” – all former ministers – seeking bails from the court. “And then you clap for me,” the governor insisted.
It was at this point, he turned towards the “boys” – read the militants – saying they are engaged in a “useless battle against their own people”. They, he said are killing SPOs and PSOs for nothing. “Kill those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir. Have you killed any of them?”