Killings expose ‘false narrative’ of normalcy: PDP

Killings expose ‘false narrative’ of normalcy: PDP

Srinagar: The PDP on Friday demanded the resignation of Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha over the recent civilian killings by militants, saying the administration has “failed” to provide a sense of security to the people.

The situation in the Union Territory is alarming and these incidents have exposed the “false” narrative of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief spokesperson Suhail Bukhari told a press conference here.

Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a number of killings of civilians in the last few days, with the latest on Thursday, when principal Supinder Kaur and teacher Deepak Chand were shot dead at point blank range inside a government school in the city.

On Tuesday, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a prominent Kashmiri Pandit, and a vendor, Virendra Paswan from Bihar, were killed by militants in Srinagar, and civilian, Mohammad Shafi Lone, in Bandipora. Militants shot dead Majid Ahmad Gojri in Srinagar and Mohammad Shafi Dar at Batamaloo on Saturday.

“One thing is clear from the incidents that have taken place in the last few days that the situation is getting worse. The people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Valley, do not feel safe,” Bukhari said.

“We have condemned these incidents in the strongest terms, they are anti-humanity and anti-Kashmiriyat,” he said.

Bukhari also said that the overall situation in Kashmir is “alarming” and the government of the day is responsible for it.

“So, for its (administration’s) failures, for not being able to protect the people, for the worsening situation and for working against the people, the PDP demands that Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has no moral authority left to continue and he should resign. He has failed in his work to provide security and development, he said.

The PDP chief spokesperson said the situation demands that questions be asked to the government.

“It is now two years since the unconstitutional and illegal decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and the Union Territory is under the direct control of the Union home ministry. The situation today tells you about their performance in these two years,” Bukhari said.

“Question arises who will take the responsibility for the bloodshed that is taking place on the roads and lanes of Kashmir. Who is answerable for this? What are the security apparatus and the intelligence agencies doing? What is the government of the day doing? The responsibility clearly lies on the government of the day and so the need is to make them answerable,” he said.

Claiming that the situation a few years back was not how it is today, Bukhari said since the government’s control has been from Delhi, the situation has been worsening.

“There is no sense of security, be it among the minority community or the majority community. They used to say Article 370 was the biggest hurdle in achieving peace here and so it had to be removed. They used to say that the political parties here were a hurdle and they were sidelined. They should be asked today then who is responsible for the situation getting worse,” he added.

The PDP leader said such incidents have exposed the false narrative about normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir or the end of militancy or that everything is under control. The narrative was created and the whole country was lied to by the governments here and in Delhi, The PDP leader said.

Appealing to the people to be united and fight the situation together, Bukhari said these incidents were being done to target the communal harmony and brotherhood in Kashmir.

Later, PDP workers staged a protest from the party headquarters near Sher-e-Kashmir Park and tried to match towards the city centre Lal Chowk here.

However, police scuttled their move and did not allow them to proceed towards Lal Chowk. PTI

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