‘Bukari was handpicked by Omar as SSP Sgr’

Srinagar:  A day after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah stated that PDP has given shelter to the top SOG officer Ashiq Bukhari while chattering for human rights, Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar said Omar is short of memory and he forgot that Ashiq Bukhari was handpicked as SSP Srinagar by him to stop killings in 2010.

“In 2010 Omar Abdullah presented Ashiq Bukhari as messiah of people and for Omar, Bukari was then an intelligent, honest and capable officer. But soon after showing loyalty towards PDP, Bukhari became untouchable for Omar Abdullah,” Akhtar told CNS adding that it was Omar Abdullah who convened a high level meeting in 2010 and ousted the then SSP Srinagar by saying that Ashiq Bukhari can deliver goods and bring peace in Srinagar.

Defending former SSP Srinagar, PDP spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar said that Bukhari was appointed SSP Srinagar after the random killings of youth. “Omar appointed Bukhari to stop killings but that does not absolve Omar Abdullah, his government and concerned security agencies of innocent killings of Kashmir,” he said that Omar Abdullah must face justice for those killings.

Akhtar added that it is irony that the Chief Minister terms Ashiq Bukhari as SOG man in 2014 but eulogized and admired him when he was SSP Srinagar for four years. “Omar can’t befool people as they are wise enough to differentiate between good and bad,” he said. (CNS)  

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