IAF airlifts 1,377 people in Kashmir

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Srinagar: A total of 1,377 tourists and locals stranded because of bad weather were transported by the Indian Air Force (IAF) from Srinagar to Jammu and vice-versa Saturday.

“The last IAF sortie operated as late as 11 p.m. Saturday,” Amir Ali, in charge of the disaster management cell, told IANS.

He said 827 passengers were flown from Srinagar to Jammu in six IAF sorties and 550 from Jammu to Srinagar in four sorties, he said.

All these people got stranded in the two cities after heavy snowfall shut the Srinagar-Jammu highway and bad weather hit flights between the two cities.

While priority was given to stranded tourists in Srinagar, stranded locals were airlifted on priority from Jammu to Srinagar.

More than 2,000 stranded people had registered themselves for the special sorties.

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  1. True, plpoee in the J&K also are “own plpoee”, but there is a very distinct difference between the two scenarios. In J&K the terrorism is wholly propped up by Pakistan to keep India destabilised, despite fair elections and rapid development that has taken place there. The militants are coming from across the border, and thus have to be treated like enemy combatants. In Naxalism, however, it is the plpoee who have taken to arms due to continued corruption, decades of lack of governance and deprivation of livelihood. No doubt our adversaries would like to exploit a very ripe situation that we are throwing in their laps. This here, is taking form of an insurgency, which we have fueled and help foment. Instead of entering into a confrontation that can not be contained, we should bring in clean governance and afford them their fundamental rights – livelihood, inter alia fairness, and nip it in the bud. Give them the power and let them govern themselves, like the Mizoram model where we ultimately handed over the reigns to Lal Denga inc; Mizoram is a very peaceful state today, isn’t it?

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