Srinagar- National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah Wednesday condemned the recent militant attacks in Kashmir, saying the situation in the Union territory was not normal.
Terrorists shot dead a policeman outside his house in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. A labourer from Uttar Pradesh was shot dead in Pulwama district on Monday, while a police officer was critically injured in firing by terrorists on Sunday in Srinagar.
“We regret these targeted attacks and condemn them. We ask the government to at least be truthful. We keep on hearing from them that the situation has improved and is now better,” Abdullah told reporters here.
Abdullah said whenever statements about improvement in the situation are given by the government, targeted attacks take place in the valley.
“Sometimes police is targeted, sometimes civilians. The situation is not normal, we all know that. Why is the government trying to mislead the people? Only the rulers can answer that,” he added.
Asked about Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal being summoned by the Enforcement Directorate, the former chief minister of J-K said opposition parties and leaders were paying the price for doing politics.
“What is new in that (summon to Kejriwal)? Which opposition leader or opposition party is there that has not received such summons? There have been such summons before as well and they will come in the future also.
“You have to pay a price for doing politics, especially the opposition here. This is not something new,” he said.
The NC leader said Kejriwal is not the first leader in the AAP who will face this as other leaders of the party have also been summoned before.
“Their deputy CM is still in custody. We only hope that Kejriwal will return home in the evening after the questioning,” he said.
J&K Cong Targets Centre Over ‘Failure’ To Protect Innocents
Slamming the Centre over a series of targeted terrorist attacks in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Vikar Rasool Wani on Wednesday demanded an explanation from the government over its “failure” to ensure safety of innocents.
A police head constable and a non-local labourer were killed and a police inspector was injured in three separate attacks by terrorists in Kashmir in the last three days.
While the police inspector was shot at and injured in Srinagar on Sunday, the labourer from Uttar Pradesh was gunned down in Pulwama on Monday and the head constable was killed outside his house in Baramulla district on Tuesday.
Condemning the terror attacks, Wani said the security of Jammu and Kashmir is directly under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs so the Centre should give an explanation for its “failure” on this front and in ensuring safety of innocents.
“The government must ensure the safety and security of innocents and check militancy,” he said.
The Congress leader further asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to focus on “checking the growing acts of terrorism instead of making tall claims of total normalcy” in the union territory.
Three targeted attacks took place on consecutive days but the government was busy celebrating Jammu and Kashmir union territory foundation day on October 31, Wani said.
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