Asks Mehbooba government to step down
SRINAGAR: As killings of innocent people amid relentless curfew continues unabated in Kashmir Valley since July 8, wife of a senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on Friday asked the Mehbooba Mufti government to “step down”.
“The brutal killings of children, the criminal blinding and maiming of protesters, and the shameless suffocating of an entire population is wrong,” Drabu’s wife Roohi Nazki said in a scathing facebook post.
Nazki, who returned recently to Valley, termed the government’s response to the uprising across Kashmir triggered by the killing Hizb commander Burhan Wani as “immoral, unethical, tragic and wrong”.
“It is wrong even if it has been happening over the last two decades or so. It is wrong even if there are ‘far too many agencies at work trying to keep Kashmir burning’. It is wrong no matter what excuse we are fed, day in and day out. It is wrong irrespective of who feeds us the excuses,” said Nazki, whose tea-house, Chai Jai on Jhelum banks, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti recently.
“It is wrong in the most fundamental, most shameful and the most damning way. For it is the children of Kashmir that are being killed on street corners, by the security forces of our country. Who pump pellets into their young bodies. It is in a democratic nation that a whole population is taken hostage for days on end, without basic amenities, without phones, without newspapers. And it is happening under the watch of a popularly elected government. Yet again!”
Nazki is first cousin of Education Minister and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar, Revenue Minister Basharat Bukhari and Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani.
“It is wrong, unacceptable and it needs rectification. The powers that be need to either step up and stop the wrongdoings. Or they need to step down. I guess they just need to step down,” she said.
Nearly fifty civilian have been killed and over 2200 others have been injured in action by the government forces in last two weeks.
“They need to step down so that we can be convinced that every popularly elected government doesn’t necessarily turn into an unresponsive monolith as soon as it is sworn into power. That each successive regime in Kashmir does not have to become indistinguishable from the previous one. That our leaders do not all have to transform into horrific, faceless, and voiceless entities,” she said.
Their stepping down, Nazki said, may not stop the “injustice. But that is not all that matters. What matters more is for them to register a protest. To not become complicit by default. To break the silence and the cycle of waiting and watching. To have a conscience and keep it. To uphold truth if not justice.”
Her FB post explicitly explains the intensity of resentment as killing of innocents and curfew continue in Valley.
“What matters most is to keep the faith for our future generations. So that they can know the face of truth. Their truth. Our truth. They can do this. And they should,” she said.