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NC demands time bound, impartial probe into Pulwama killings

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“Governor, who is busy politicking, has miserably failed to implement his assurances”

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday expressed shock and grief over the killing of seven civilians by government forces at Karpura Shirno village of Pulwama and demanded impartial probe.

Addressing a press conference at party headquarters party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said that governor administration seemingly has given free hand to the forces to aim at civilians like sitting ducks.

“The incumbent governor administration has no respect for human rights and basic fundamental rights. Our party in unison condemns the killings in strongest terms, such acts reveal the disdain of incumbent governor administration for human rights,” he said.

Sagar said that such unabated killing of civilians if not stopped will further deteriorate the already fragile situation of our state. “Our party core group has time and again implored on incumbent governor administration to put a thaw on civilian killings. But our pleas fell on deaf ears. We in fact took out a protest rally against these unabated killings but that too fell on deaf ears,” he said adding, “If the administration doesn’t stop such unabated civilians killings we shall be obligated to carry out state wide protests against the disdain with which civilians are being devoured.”

Sagar said people of Kashmir are being used as fodder by the central BJP led dispensation to increase their electoral prospects in other parts of the country.

“Honorable governor’s vacillating statements on Kashmir add more confusion to the already grim situation in our state. Governor, who is busy politicking, has miserably failed to implement his assurances,” he said.

Party general secretary said that Jammu and Kashmir is not a military colony.

“We too have rights and privileges to live a dignified life. The draconian law AFSPA which we want to be done away with has belittled the very dignity of human life. Even the recent assertions of former home minister P Chidambaram are reflective of how inhumane the law is. What aggravates the situation is the laidback and sadistic attitude of central government towards such civilian killings,” he said.

Party Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani while addressing a press conference said that SOP’S are not being adhered to during such operations. “The civilian killings are not acceptable to us or for that matter to any sane voice throughout the country. We demand a time bound inquiry on the incident. Civilians and militants are being treated in the same manner,” he said adding, “There ought to be some checks and balances to ensure that civilians aren’t being killed. Had proper SOP’S been adhered to such civilian killings might have been avoided.”

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