PDP accuses EC of failure to act against NC

Srinagar: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party Friday accused the Election Commission of failure to take action against the ruling National Conference and its leaders for alleged repeated violations of the Model Code of Conduct.
“While the EC has been alert to violations of model code of conduct in rest of the country, it seems to be dead when it comes to Jammu and Kashmir,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told reporters here.
Referring to NC President Farooq Abdullah’s statement about PDP leaders, Mufti said, “We hope that the EC will take action in this case as it did in the cases of (SP leader) Azam Khan and (BJP leader) Amit Shah (for making inflammatory speeches),” she said.
“We have written to commission about wazwan (traditional Kashmiri cuisine) being transported to NC headquarters in police vehicles, and we also complained about the inflammatory statements of NC president Farooq Abdullah in which he had alleged that PDP has nexus with Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit. However, no action has been taken so far,” she said.
Mehbooba said within hours of Dr Farooq Abdullah having said that ‘PDP needs to be taught a lesson’, a PDP Sarpanch was killed by unknown assailants.
The PDP president said if the EC does not take any action on the “inflammatory statements made by Abdullah, it would tantamount to hanging democracy in Kashmir”.
Mehbooba alleged that National Conference will do everything that it can to avoid defeat in the elections but it is a test of “credibility” for the Election Commission.
‘Attacks on civilians show contempt for fundamental principles of humanity’
New Delhi: The killing of a Sarpanch in Pulwama district by suspected militants has been strongly condemnded by Amnesty International Friday , describing such acts as “contempt” for fundamental principles of humanity.
Noting that it has consistently opposes human rights abuses committed by both armed groups and security forces in the state, the organisation demanded that the perpetrators must be brought to justice in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards.
“Amnesty International consistently opposes human rights abuses committed by both armed groups and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Attacks by armed groups on civilians demonstrate contempt for fundamental principles of humanity,” it said in a statement.
The perpetrators in the shooting of Mohammad Amin Pandit must be brought to justice in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards and authorities must investigate all human rights abuses promptly, effectively and transparently, it said.
According to police, the sarpanch was affiliated to opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Pulwama district.
No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the act.
This is the first political killing in Jammu and Kashmir since the Election Commission announced the five-phased Lok Sabha polls in the state.
Ruling National Conference and state unit of CPI(M) also condemned the killing, saying such incidents were not acceptable in any civilised society.
“Such incidents are inhuman and unfortunate and the society must come out and express itself against such brutal acts of violence,” CPI(M) state secretary M Y Tarigami said in a statement.
NC spokesperson Junaid Mattu demanded an enquiry into the killing.
“Our heart goes out to victims of such violence and we share the grief of the bereaved family,” he said.

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