KARGIL: Anti-Kargil remarks by a central government employee who also works as part time journalist with ETV Urdu has sparked an angry reaction from public circles here.
Ghulam Nabi Zia, a senior clerk at Post Office Baroo, Kargil reportedly made remarks at an army meet where Northern Command Chief Gen D S Hooda was present.
Zia described massive protests in Kargil and Drass against civilian killings in ongoing Kashmir unrest as ‘mischief and a show off’ by the people of Kargil and Drass.
Zia told the army gathering, where a large number of journalists from Kashmir Valley and Delhi were present, that ‘Kargil and Drass people held these protests to keep Kashmiris in good humor not out of sympathy for them.
This enraged the journalists from Kargil present there.
Ali Wazeeri, a senior media person present there dismissed Zia’s allegations as his wishful thinking and said people of Kargil are always on the fore front to show sympathy and solidarity with the oppressed, be they from Palestine or Kashmir. When the news became public a group of people at the behest of Zia stormed the office of Wazeeri, who is editor Ladakh Special Bulletin, and manhandled him.
Wazeeri lodged a complaint with the police and sought action against Zia who in contravention of service rules is working at two places for last 10 years.
It bears mention that people of Kargil and Drass fromn both Shia and Sunni communities held massive protest and observed a complete shut down last week to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir Valley.
Nasir Hussain, Chief Editor STV cable network Ladakh condemned the allegations leveled against the people of Kargil by the ETV reporter and termed it an insult to entire population of the region.
He urged ETV authorities to take note of this mischief by their reporter and sought an apology from them.
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