Jammu: Peoples’ Conference chairman, Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said that intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students, professionals and families living outside Kashmir is unacceptable and cannot be passed off as a “purportedly natural outburst”.
“These incidents are tantamount to trivialising the enormous sufferings and the pain suffered by the people of Kashmir over the period of the last three decades while their lives were engulfed by the scourge of violence and terror,” Lone said in a statement.
“They have been at the receiving end of the devastation that comes with a prolonged conflict and they have borne the brunt. To attack them, single them out and harass them is shameful and those behind such mob-mentality and bullying should be dealt with in the strongest of terms,” he said.
Peoples’ Conference chairman further said that “if stone pelting is wrong in Kashmir, it is equally wrong in Jammu and should attract the same legal and administrative response.”
He added: “What is wrong in Kashmir can’t be deemed acceptable and tolerable in Jammu. Law and Order is the subject of the State administration and they need to ensure there is zero tolerance for these mobs in Jammu and those who are involved are arrested and persecuted.”
“All State governments are duty bound to ensure the safety and security of all Kashmiri students, professionals and families residing in their respective States and no laxity should be tolerated in this matter. I have spoken to various State government authorities and police authorities in various States and sought fool proof safety and security of Kashmiri students and families in those States”, the PC chairman said.