Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern about civilian killings in Handwara and Nutnussa.
In a statement issued here on Saturday, the party said that “it makes a common cause with the bereaved people.” The statement added that the party made every effort to ensure a thorough and independent probe in the unfortunate incident and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti lost no time in issuing clear-cut directions to bring the culprits to book.
“She met the union Defence Minister in the wake of the incident and convened an emergency meeting of security top brass in Srinagar ensuring time bound inquiry and a foolproof mechanism to guarantee protection of life and property while maintaining law and order,” the statement added.
The statement claimed that “it was in consequence of the government action that Army top brass including General Hooda visited Handwara and expressed regrets on the incident.”
“PDP is committed to peace and civil rights and will continue to strive for upholding human rights and dignity,” the statement said adding “Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti holds a promise to provide a secure environment with a responsive and accountable security network. The security agencies will have to come-up to the normal operational standards and lapses causing civilian inconvenience will have to be minimized.”
Meanwhile, the statement said, senior leaders and legislators including Nizamudin Bhat, Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Raja Aijaz Ali and Muntazir Mohiudin held an emergency meeting at the party headquarters in which they made a fervent appeal to the people to maintain calm. “The PDP leaders appealed the conscientious class of society to particularly remain vigilant against mischievous elements who are in habit of creating a chaos and indulge in distortion.” It said.
It further said that they deeply mourned the deaths and expressed solidarity with bereaved families and those concerned.
The leaders expressed satisfaction on the response of the Chief Minister to the situation and her personal concern.