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In Anantnag, NC Leaders demand exemplary punishment to Kathua culprits

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Anantnag | Tuesday, 17 April 2018:  National Conference on Tuesday said that PDP’s sellout and recurring ideological U-turns had pushed Kashmir into the throes of instability and turmoil, as thousands of young men stood disenchanted and pushed into a corner.

Addressing the Party’s South Zone meeting at Anantnag today, Senior National Conference leader and Party’s South Zone President, Sakina Ittoo said the deteriorating law and order situation and the unabated spate of civilian killings was a manifestation of PDP’s politics of deceit and opportunism.

According to a statement issued by the party here, the meeting was attended by MLA Pahalgam Altaf Kaloo, MLA Homshalibug Abdul Majeed Bhat (Larmi), Peerzada Ghulam Ahmed Shah, Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri, Dr. Bashir Ahmed Veeri, Mohiuddin Mir, Dr. Shafi Syed, Imran Nabi Dar, Safdar Khan, Constituency In-charge functionaries and Block Presidents of the party.

“Bloodshed in the Valley since the past three years has failed to awaken the sleeping conscience of PDP as it continues to hold on to power at great costs to the State’s stability and peace. This is the same party that sought votes to keep BJP out of power and then went on to create false moral smokescreens to sell the 2014 mandate to the BJP. Every single promise made by PDP ahead of the 2014 elections and then in their ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ stands broken. PDP has shattered the faith and is the primary culprit in pushing young boys towards violence and turmoil,” Sakina Ittoo said while addressing the meeting.

The NC South Zone President also expressed anguish and sorrow on behalf of the party over the horrific rape and murder of an eight year old child in Kathua and said this too was a matter of shame for the PDP as the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities in Jammu had been at the receiving end of harassment and dispossession ever since the PDP-BJP Govt took over. “Had Mehbooba Mufti acted when Chaudhary Lal Singh threatened Gujjars and Bakerwals with a repeat of 1947 two years ago — perhaps things wouldn’t have come to this pass. PDP’s complete surrender and appeasement of rabid voices has emboldened those divisive forces who want to pitch people of one region and religion against people of another region and religion. We demand nothing short of the capital punishment to the culprits in the Kathua case and won’t allow justice to be subverted,” the Senior NC leader added.

“One one hand you have Mehbooba Mufti singing praises of the Prime Minister at every possible instance and then you have her brother, Tassaduq Mufti openly admitting that the PDP and BJP were ‘partners in crime’ and responsible for bloodshed in the State. Many conscientious voices within the PDP are speaking up and showing Mehbooba Mufti a mirror she is reluctant to see,” Sakina Itoo further said.

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