Without Forces There Will be Chaos in Kashmir Valley: Naeem

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TRAL (Pulwama): PDP spokesman and Minister for Roads and Buildings Naeem Akhtar Thursday broke down as he addressed reporters after an attack on his cavalcade in Tral town of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“It is really unfortunate that grenade was lobbed at our cavalcade when we reached Tral bazaar,” Akhtar told media-persons at DSP office Tral.

Akhtar broke down as he talked about those killed and injured in the explosion.

“Two people have lost their lives. I won’t forget it my entire life,” he said.

The minister said that the attacker was neither a friend of Tral nor Kashmir. “He was not a friend of Islam too,” said Akhtar, adding that he wondered why they “chose this day (Muharram eve) to repeat Karbala.”

He said that forces showed “lot of restraint” when asked if an enquiry would be ordered to probe allegations of “indiscriminate firing” by forces on civilians after the attack.

“We need to introspect. We were moving smoothly. Forces also respond (to situations) as lives of so many people were at stake (after the attack). And I don’t think anyone died of bullet injury. So I think forces showed lot of restraint. Every day people trade allegations on them (forces). But I think without them (forces), there will be chaos all around.”

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