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Killing spree, fear in Kashmir belie government's normalcy claims: Farooq Abdullah

Post by on Friday, June 3, 2022

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Srinagar, June 2: Targeted killings of civilians and the pervasive fear among the people in Kashmir belie the government's claims of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, NC president Farooq Abdullah said Thursday, alleging the administration has its head in the sand.
"This ostrich approach will push the situation to a point of no return," said the former J&K chief minister, presiding over a meeting of the National Conference's provincial committee (Kashmir) at Nawa-e-Subah here.
Addressing the meeting, Abdullah reiterated the party's stand to "peacefully fight for restoration of J-K's identity and dignity" an apparent reference to J-K's special status which was revoked by the Centre on August 5, 2019.
The NC president also expressed serious concern over the "deteriorating" security scenario in the valley leading to a series of targeted killings of innocents including members of the minority communities, the party said.
"I cannot say anything," Abdullah rued, "if this is the new face of normalcy that an employee becomes a target in a busy office, or a policeman gets killed at home.
"We feel sorry that innocent people are being killed one after another. Minorities are being killed. Police persons are being killed. Civilians are getting killed in targeted attacks," he said.
The party's provincial committee members echoed the sentiments of the party president and expressed concern over the security scenario in Kashmir.
All the members present in the meeting unanimously passed two resolutions condemning the spate of targeted civilian killings and ED summons to the party president, the NC said. PTI
 
 
 
‘NC will continue to fight for rights and dignity of people of J&K’
National Conference (NC) party president Dr Farooq Abdullah Thursday presided over a meeting of the party's provincial committee (Kashmir) at Nawa e Subah, Srinagar.
According to a statement from the party, while addressing the meeting, Dr Farooq reiterated the party’s stand which is to peacefully fight for restoration of J&K’s identity and dignity.
He also expressed serious concern over the deteriorating security scenario in the valley leading to a series of targeted killings of innocents, including members of minority communities.
Referring to the spate of targeted civilian killings and the pervasive atmosphere of fear in the valley, Dr Farooq said, “I unequivocally, condemn the brutal killing of Vijay Kumar, a Bank Manager in Kulgam. The killing spree and the pervasive fear among civilians, minorities and other soft targets gives a lie to the claims of the government that everything was ok in Kashmir. This is not the case. While our brothers and sisters are being targeted under daylight, the government has its head in the sand. This ostrich approach will push the situation to a point of no return.”
“An employee becomes a target in a busy office, or a cop gets killed at home, if this is the new face of normalcy, I cannot say anything. We feel sorry that innocent people are being killed one after another. Minorities are being killed. Police persons are being killed. Civilians are getting killed in targeted attacks,” he further said.
Provincial Committee members echoed the sentiments of the party president and expressed concern over the crumbling security scenario in Kashmir.
According to the statement party’s vice-president Omar Abdullah, general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal and provincial president Nasir AslamWani also spoke on the occasion.
 
 
 

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