Srinagar: What People’s Democratic Party did in 2010 was done by National Conference on Monday (2016) when some of the party leaders, including several legislators hit to road and castigated government over the killings of civilians across Kashmir Valley.
The National Conference leaders led by party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar took out a protest march from its party headquarters housed in fortified Nawai-e-Subh and held a sit-in protest near Radio Kashmir Srinagar.
The NC activists raised “RSS Sarkar – Hai Hai; Modi Sarkar Hai Hai; Katputli Sarkar Hai Hai” and intermittently broke the speeches of their leaders which included Nasir Aslam Sogami, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Mubarak Gul, Shameema Firdous, Ch Mohammad Ramzan, Ali Mohammad Dar, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, Ab Majid Larmi, Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Gh Nabi Ratanpuri, Sharif ud Din Shariq and others.
Seeking immediate end to the killings and ban on the use of pellets on the protesters the national conference leaders carrying placards and banners alleged that the government is callous towards the problems faced by the people.
Pertinently, since July 8 after the death of Hizb commander Burhan Wani 58 people including two policemen have been killed while scores have gone blind due to pellet injuries.
Holding CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti directly responsible for the crisis Kashmir is, party General Secretary Sagar said that New Delhi needs to initiate an unconditional dialogue with all stake holders in J&K.
“Kashmir is not an economic or social issue. It is a political issue that needs to be resolved,” Sagar said and accused ruling PDP of issuing irresponsible statements aimed at to add insult to the injuries of the people.
“Omar sahab has always been saying that Kashmir is an issue which demands that separatists need to be taken on board.”
Sagar said that “New Delhi needs to understand the changing trends. Autonomy too won’t work as Delhi will have to walk furthermore,” he added. “This government is not even allowing us to exercise normal democratic practice,” Sagar said.
He alleged that Ms Mehbooba Mufti government has banned media from making news of “atrocities of government public”.
“First, they banned publication of newspapers and now Journalists have been told not release news of government actions,” he said.
Pertinently, under Omar Abdullah led NC-Congress government, at least 120 youths were killed in 2010 uprising and hundreds were jailed.
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