Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh on Thursday said as militancy was on its deathbed in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan was luring youths towards drugs.
He said Pakistan is following “Punjab model” in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan is following the Punjab model to lure Jammu and Kashmir’s younger generation towards drugs as terrorism is on its deathbed”, DGP Singh told media persons after inaugurating the J&K Police Martyrs’ Football Tournament in Srinagar on Monday.
He said when terrorism ended in Punjab, youth and people were lured towards drugs. While terrorism vanished in Punjab, drugs remained there to destroy the generations. Same model is being followed in J&K by Pakistan, he added.
Singh said conspiracies are being hatched against the J&K youth from across as consignments of drugs continue to infiltrate into this side.
He said last year, J&K police destroyed 8000 kgs of drugs and registered 2000 cases. “Some 3000 people were arrested and many of them under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act,” the DGP said.
Militancy is on its deathbed in Jammu and Kashmir but efforts from across are on to hook youth towards drugs, he said.
“Terrorism is elusive like a Jinn in Jammu and Kashmir. Sometimes appearing here and sometimes there”, DGP said and added “that peace is moving forward ahead of terrorism”.
Singh said a peaceful environment is prevailing in J&K at present as stones lying on the roads are being used for the construction of buildings and streets. “Stones are no longer used to bruise or hurt anyone,” he said.
Replying to a query about Amarnath Yatra, the DGP said that pilgrimage is going on smoothly and so far more than 3 lakh pilgrims have performed darshan. “The pilgrims are coming to Srinagar as well and visiting other places of Kashmir to enjoy the beauty of the Valley,” he said.
The J&K police Chief said that they have made elaborate arrangements to facilitate the Muharram procession of the Shia community.
“There shouldn’t be any sectarian rift as all festivals and religious obligations are equally important and sacred. We are cooperating with the Shia community and will ensure peaceful Muharram processions,” he said.
He said that almost 46 teams will participate in the J&K police martyrs football tournament. “For the first time, four women teams will participate in the tournament. These events help display the skills and also help teams exchange their culture and thoughts,” the DGP added.