Azad asks people to stand united against militants

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Srinagar, Sep 26: Union Health Minister and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Wednesday termed the killings of panchayat members in Jammu and Kashmir a serious issue and asked the people to stand united against militants “Killing of panchyat members is a serious issue and the state government should provide security in sensitive areas to create a sense of security among the elected representatives,” Azad told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

“We cannot let their life be in danger,” he said and called on people to unite against militancy. “People should come on roads and condemn such killings. It is not just the duty of political parties, but people as well to support them and condemn their killing,” the former J&K Chief Minister said.

Expressing his concern over the rise in militancy related incidents in the state, he said, “We are concerned that after a long time militancy is again taking its head out. The people of the state should think how beneficial it is when the situation gets normal. Tourists from the country and outside visit the state. It brings in economic prosperity. But if terror is not stopped it would destroy the state.”

He also supported State Congress President Pro Saif-ud-Din Soz’s demand for implementation of 73rd Amendment and asked the state government to empower the elected sarpanchs and panchs without delay.

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