Now, Azad asks youngsters to avoid encounter sites
By Shafat Mir
Damhal Hanjipora (Kulgam): Former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Sunday said that going towards encounter sites during gunfight is suicidal and the youth should refrain from such practices.
“Our youth converging on encounter sites is equal to playing with fire. When two sides are exchanging live bullets and a civilian tries to interfere, it is obvious he will lose his life in this situation. Our youth should avoid this”, Azad advised.
He was addressing a joint gathering of NC and Congress supporters rally in Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam. Azad said that peace is must for development in the state. He was accompanied by NC-Congress joint parliamentary candidate, G A Mir, Tariq Hamid Qarra, NC’s MLA Pahalgam Altaf Kaloo, Sakina Itoo and several other local eaders.
“I pray to God that the situation in Kashmir valley remains peaceful this year. Last year also, due to unrest the poor were severely hit. If the situation remains conducive, it will naturally increase the tourism in the valley”, he said.
Azad said that BJP’s policies were behind the blinding of kids in Kashmir. “Even those who were looking outside through windows were also rained with pellets and blinded for life. BJP has always indulged in communal politics. However, we believe religion and politics are two different things,” he said.
He hoped that both NC and Congress candidates will emerge victorious and “give communal forces a befitting reply”.