Imposition of Governor’s Rule in J-K won’t affect operations: Army Chief

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that the imposition of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir will not interrupt the operations against terrorists.

He told ANI, “We only stopped our operations during Ramzan. But, we saw what happened. The imposing of Governor’s Rule will not affect our operations. Our operations will go on like they used to. We don’t face any political interference.”

After receiving President Kovind’s approval, state governor N.N. Vohra on Wednesday issued the Proclamation to impose Governor’s Rule under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Immediately after receiving the President of India’s approval, Governor N N Vohra issued the proclamation to impose Governor’s Rule in the state under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir today,” a Raj Bhavan spokesman said in Srinagar.

The governor has also held discussions with Chief Secretary B B Vyas and identified the major tasks that require to be undertaken in a strict time-bound basis, beginning today, he said. “To gear up the state administrative machinery to function with speed, efficiency and accountability the governor is speaking to senior officers of the civil, police, forest and other departments today.

Under Governor’s rule, the government would adopt a tougher approach not just within Kashmir, but also along the border. There was a need for some tough calls and with this coalition in place, it was just not possible, said a senior official.

The official also informed ANI that soft separatism is something that was not working in Kashmir.

We know who brings the stone pelters out on the streets. They are specifically brought out to stall military operations. The Army was having a torrid time and during each encounter they performed dual tasks- gunning down the terrorist and taking on the stone pelters simultaneously.

The Governor’s Rule was necessitated after Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister, following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) exit from its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state on Tuesday.