Dozen teachers, non-teaching staff of Kashmir University likely to be sacked for terror links

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Srinagar : The J&K government is all set to dismiss from service around a dozen Kashmir University teachers and non-teaching staff for their alleged terror links.

It has already terminated the services of one Mohammad Hussain Pandit, professor in the chemistry department of KU, once considered to be very close to late Ali Shah Geelani and now has links with hardcore separatist activists in the varsity.

According to sources, the UT government is all set to sack more teachers and non-teaching staff members of KU, who are accused of playing an active role in creating and sustaining the ideological-narrative framework necessary for a “terrorist-secessionist network”.

Official documents reveal that Kashmir University Teachers’ Association (KUTA) has been on the radar for a long time and it has been found that KUTA is responsible for creating a “terrorist-secessionist network”.

The term of now sacked Prof Hussain as KUTA president had remained controversial. Prof Hussain is now facing internal inquiry for misappropriation of funds and forgery.

The documents further reveal that after the nullification of Article 370, two discreet analyses of academic and student activities in KU were done. The results showed that an overwhelming majority of faculty are free from the blemish of “secessionist thinking and activities”. The analysis of non-teaching staff is still underway.

“As regards the teaching staff, only three have been found to be contaminated to an extent that requires immediate attention. There are 12 others who have been assessed to be contaminated to a lesser degree, requiring a different type of graded response. There is a third category of 24 others who may need counselling and observation only,” one of the documents reads.

The official documents say: “KUTA is one of the half a dozen associations that had played an extremely important role in creating and sustaining the ideological-narrative framework necessary for a ‘terrorist-secessionist network’ to thrive and succeed in Kashmir’s case as part of a well thought out strategy designed by hostile Pakistani intelligence agency ISI to eventually defeat the Indian state by turning its own instruments against itself and making the Indian state finance its own meltdown (sic).”

“KUTA has never been a legal entity. It has avoided registering itself under the relevant laws and yet has managed to manipulate the system to its advantage. For example, it has been allowed to open accounts in the bank and have financial transactions even though it has not complied with legal requirements of registering itself with a declared memorandum of association or a constitution,” the official documents reveal.

Source : Times of India

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