Srinagar: Strongly condemning the remarks of Minister for Industries Chander Parkash Ganga that bullets were the way to deal with Kashmiri protesters, PDP vice-president Mohammad Sartaj Madni said, “It is unbecoming of a senior minister in the government to dish out such a sweeping, sickening and intimidating statement against Kashmiri youth.”
The BJP’s Ganga had said that “stone-pelters were anti-nationals” and “We can’t be kind to these people. The only way to deal with such people is by bullets.”
Ganga was quoted by the press as saying, “They are traitors. There is only one remedy for them and that is bullets. And if not bullets, they should be given punishment such as a beating with sticks. Take my word, the next time they won’t throw stones.”
The PDP’s Madni said in a statement that instead of reaching out to the “distressed and alienated” Kashmiri youth, hawkish rhetoric has the danger of further adding to the alienation of people and of impeding the government’s efforts of restoring peace in the Valley. He also referred to Ganga as a “fringe element”.
“Unfortunately, the unwarranted statements of such fringe elements are negating the basic philosophy of this alliance,” Madni said. “Instead of bringing the people together, such insidious statements are unfortunately only going to add to the void.”