Kashmir University PRO, police constable among 3 employees terminated by J&K govt

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J&K government terminated Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Kashmir University, a Revenue Department officer and a Police constable from the service for allegedly working with Pakistan based militant outfits, providing logistics to militants, propagating militants ideology, raising finances for militancy and furthering secessionist agenda, official said on Monday.

They said PRO of University of Kashmir Faheem Aslam, Revenue Department officer, Murawath Hussain Mir and Police constable Arshid Ahmad Thoker were terminated after investigation clearly established that the trio were “acting on behalf of Pakistan ISI and the terror outfits.”

“The trio were terminated from the service for actively working with Pakistani terror outfits, providing logistics to terrorists, propagating terrorists ideology, raising terror finances and furthering secessionist agenda. The government has invoked 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution of India to sack the three government employees after painstaking investigation clearly established that they were acting on behalf of Pakistan ISI and the terror outfits,” officials said

The respective orders for the dismissal of the three employees were issued by the General Administration read that the Lieutenant Governor is “satisfied after considering the facts and circumstances of the case and on the basis of the information available, that the activities of

the trio are such as to warrant his dismissal from service”.

Under Article 311(2)(c) of the Constitution a government employee can be dismissed when the President or the Governor is satisfied that in the “interest of the security of state it is not

expedient to hold such an inquiry.”

According to officials, Aslam is a “diehard secessionist” who not only “subscribes to and endorses

the secessionist ideology, but has been a key propagandist for terrorists and terror outfits in Kashmir Valley.”

They said Aslam’s social media posts depict beyond doubt that he is a hardcore Pak Embedded

High Value Asset (PEHVA) of Terror Outfits, responsible for promoting and glamorising terrorism.

Officials said constable Thokar was a highly effective overground worker (OGW) of banned Jaish-e-Mohammad and on account of being a policeman, as he “took undue and criminal advantage” of his uniform and his credentials.

“..Instead of helping the department in fighting terror which he ( Arshid) was mandated for, he chose to be a mole and a collaborator and betrayed his oath and uniform,” they said.

Former chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said the LG administration is “institutionalising

a permanent state of disintegration in J-K”.

“Criminalising livelihood on preposterous reasons of ‘terror links’ at a time when the state is reeling from unemployment is only deepening the trust deficit. It’s being done by misusing and invoking Article 311(2)b of the Indian Constitution,” she said in a tweet.

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