*Attacks on telecom installations ‘temporary phase’, says Mufti
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today sought to downplay the series of attacks on mobile telecom installations and people associated with it in the Valley, saying it is a “temporary” phase and those responsible for it will be “taken care of”.
Two persons have been killed and three others injured in four attacks carried out by militants in past week on the telecom installations and people associated with it in Sopore and nearby Pattan area.
“If these things (threats and attacks in north Kashmir) happen, it is a temporary phase, it is not a permanent phase,” Sayeed told reporters here when asked about the spate of attacks on mobile service providers in Baramulla district.
The chief minister said the people of the state had seen a lot of difficulties and now wanted to see peace and that such things would not affect the government’s endeavour to provide a peaceful atmosphere.
“People have seen a lot of difficulties. (Now) they want to see good times, they want to see peace. They want to earn their livelihood and live with dignity.
“You will remember when we started Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, the Tourist Reception Centre here was burnt (in a militant attack). Then there was one of our functions in the evening when an electricity receiving station was burnt. It will not affect our way, our endeavour to provide a good atmosphere of peace to the people, (but) we have to fight that,” he said.
Sayeed said there would be action against those behind the attacks.
“Yes, why would there be no action… When these things happen, they will be taken care of in a normal way,” he said.
On the raising of Pakistani flags in rallies of various separatist leaders, the chief minister blamed the media for giving the issue too much hype, but said the law would take its own course.
“It is the media which is giving it much hype. They are some small group and it would be taken care of. Law will take its own course,” he said.
The chief minister said the flags were not an issue for the people of Kashmir.
“You have seen the situation. This is not (an issue) of the people. They have suffered a lot especially after the floods. They have other issues to which the government is quite responsive. I do not think there is a need to go much into this,” he said. (Agencies)