Omar disappointed at New Delhi’s apathy towards grave situation in Kashmir

Srinagar: National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Saturday expressed disappointment at the Central government’s apathy towards the very grave situation in Kashmir and said the New Delhi had misled the Supreme Court by saying the situation in the Valley was improving and under control.

Expressing profound grief, sorrow and anguish at the continued spate of killings,  Omar extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for the recovery of thousands who are battling serious, potentially maiming injuries in the hospitals. “We express our heartfelt solidarity with the families of Muhammad Maqbool Wagay of Loolipora, Sameer Ahmed Wani of Khan Sahib and Danish Rasool Mir of Kreeri, Baramulla – a class 12th student – all three of who lost their lives yesterday as well as those more than fifty youth who have lost their lives in this unrest, including two policemen The pain of their families is incomprehensible and these tragedies are completely inconsolable”, the former Chief Minister said.

“Just a day after the Central Government misinformed the Supreme Court about the situation in the Valley, three youth have lost their lives and more than four hundred have been injured – a lot of them having sustained life-threatening, lethal injuries. If this is the Central Government’s definition of a situation improving or a situation that is allegedly under control, God help the people of Kashmir”, he added.

The NC Working President expressed complete disappointment at the lack of any political measures taken by the Central Government after the Union Home Minister’s visit to the Valley. “We had asked for an immediate ban on pellet guns and that security forces as well as the Police should be held accountable for any excessive use of force. The killing of Reyaz Ahmed from Chattabal, who was shot dead at point-blank range while riding his scooter, has demolished every possible argument that defends the use of lethal force in the Valley”, he added.

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