Srinagar: The National Conference Saturday expressed concern over the “deteriorating” security situation in south Kashmir areas, saying the civilian killings, night crackdowns and mass arrest has further worsened the atmosphere in this part.
The party leader and former minister Sakina Itto in a statement voiced concern over the unchecked human right violations in the Valley. “Killings, CASOs, night crackdowns, mass arrests have put people to duress. What is adding salt to the situation is absence of any parallel re-conciliatory approach by the state government,” she said adding: “Areas in south Kashmir are the worst hit.”
“The need of the hour is to employ a conciliatory approach towards youth while dealing with the situation,” Itoo said. “They (youth) have already been left disenchanted towards democratic process by the former PDP-BJP government who were responsible for persecution of meritorious, hard-working youth.”
The former minister implored upon the government forces to show maximum restraint while dealing with the people especially youth. “The situation demands de-escalation from all sides and restoration of a sense of safety and dignity among the people,” Itoo said.
She urged for a mechanism to address the alienation in youth. “Security scenario in south Kashmir is very grim, grave and people are apprehensive about their safety. The economic activity and development has come to a grinding halt,” she said.
However, the party leader Bashir Veeri expressed concern over the “fatal attacks” on Kashmiri students in various states. He urged the state governments to ensure safety of Valley students.