National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said incidents like fatal shooting of seven civilian protesters in Pulwama on Saturday leave a “deep scar in hearts of people and ignite passion for Azadi (freedom)”. He said the forces should have not used live ammunition on protesters but water cannons and teargas.
“We can’t bring the deceased back. These situations leave a deep scar in the hearts of people and create passion for freedom,” Abdullah told reporters after receiving two former senior members from PDP Basharat Bukhari and Peer Muhammad Hussain into the party fold.
Seven civilians including two teenage students were killed in firing by forces in Sirnoo village of Pulwama on Saturday after three militants and an army man had died in an encounter in an orchard in the village early morning.
Abdullah hoped that J&K police and other forces won’t “act like this” in future and Governor Satya Pal Malik and Union government would ensure such incidents are not repeated.
The Pulwama incident was one of the bloodiest in Kashmir this year. At least 57 persons have been killed by forces near gun battle sites this year as people including teenagers continue to swarm the encounter sites to try and help trapped militants escape.
‘WE WANT ELECTION’
On the day the state made a transition from Governor’s rule to President’s rule, Abdullah also pitched for early Assembly elections for “allowing people to choose their own government”.
“The President’s rule must come to an end soon. We want elections. There should be election in J&K and people must be allowed to choose their representatives who can work for them. That is democracy,” Abdullah said.
J&K came under the Governor’s rule on June 19 this year after BJP pulled out of the alliance with PDP to bring an abrupt end to Mehbooba Mufti led government in the state. The six-month Governor rule ends today in the state.
To a question about record 55 bills passed during the Governor’s rule in the state, Abdullah termed the Governor’s rule “dictatorial and autocratic”.
“He (the Governor) does what he wants. We hope that he will not take any such decision which hurts democracy,” said Abdullah.
‘DOORS OPEN FOR WHOEVER WANTS TO JOIN’
Abdullah, whose party has been part of idea of a grand alliance at the Centre, said alliances in the states will impact the results of upcoming general elections next year.
“And that will make a difference…the (alliances in) the states will be the most important factor,” he said.
To a question that PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has talked about the idea of grand alliance among parties in the state as well, Abdullah said he doesn’t know anything about it.
But he refused to give a direct reply to a question whether NC will go for an alliance with the BJP post Assembly elections in J&K, if need arises.
“I can’t talk about what will happen in future. The decision will be based on the outcome of (election) results and whatever the situation we will take the decision accordingly,” said Abdullah.
The NC leader said “forces” which have been plotting to divide people of the state would try to use money power to divide people.
“The need of the hour is to ensure unity to put up a strong front for the cause of state and our people,” he said.
Source: Greater Kashmir