Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday expressed shock and grief over the killing of seven civilians by government forces at Sirnoo village of Pulwama.

Condemning the unabated killings of civilians party President Dr Farooq Abdullah said, “Valley has been turned into a theatre of death and destruction. Incidents like these put a big question mark on the working of government and security agencies in such circumstances. I am deeply saddened over the killing of civilians in Pulwama. 

My heart goes out to families who have lost their loved ones in the incident,” adding, “The incident must be probed thoroughly and those found guilty must be brought to book. I pray for peace to departed souls and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

Terming the civilian killings as most brutal party vice president Omar Abdullah said, “It was a massacre orchestrated as a result of the badly executed encounter.”

The vice president expressed grief over the killings and expressed condolences to the bereaved families. He prayed for peace to the departed souls and wished early recovery to the injured.

Repeating his demand for exercising restraint and avoiding collateral damage by forces in such circumstances he said, “It seems lessons have not been learned. When we start expecting the situation to ease out, incidents like these put us back from where we started.”

Meanwhile addressing a press conference at party headquarters party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said that governor administration seemingly has given free hand to the forces to aim at civilians like sitting ducks. 

“The incumbent governor administration has no respect for human rights and basic fundamental rights. Our party in unison condemns the killings in strongest terms, such acts reveal the disdain of incumbent governor administration for human rights,” he said.

Sagar said that such unabated killing of civilians if not stopped will further deteriorate the already fragile situation of our state. “Our party core group has time and again implored on incumbent governor administration to put a thaw on civilian killings. But our pleas fell on deaf ears. 

We, in fact, took out a protest rally against these unabated killings but that too fell on deaf ears,” he said adding, “If the administration doesn’t stop such unabated civilians killings we shall be obligated to carry out statewide protests against the disdain with which civilians are being devoured.”

Sagar said people of Kashmir are being used as fodder by the central BJP led dispensation to increase their electoral prospects in other parts of the country. “Governor’s vacillating statements on Kashmir add more confusion to the already grim situation in our state. Governor, who is busy politicking, has miserably failed to implement his assurances,” he said.

Party general secretary said that Jammu and Kashmir is not a military colony. “We too have rights and privileges to live a dignified life. The draconian law AFSPA which we want to be done away with has belittled the very dignity of human life. Even the recent assertions of former home minister P Chidambaram are reflective of how inhumane the law is. What aggravates the situation is the laidback and sadistic attitude of central government towards such civilian killings,” he said.

Party Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani while addressing a press conference said that SOP’S are not being adhered to during such operations. “The civilian killings are not acceptable to us or for that matter to any sane voice throughout the country. We demand a time bound inquiry on the incident. 

Civilians and militants are being treated in the same manner,” he said adding, “There ought to be some checks and balances to ensure that civilians aren’t being killed. Had proper SOP’S been adhered to such civilian killings might have been avoided.”

The press conference was attended by senior leaders Sharief Ud din Shariq, Muhammad Akbar lone, Nasir Aslam Wani, Shameema Firdous and Javaid Ahmad Dar

Meanwhile additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Shammi Oberoi, Sakina Itoo, G A Shah, Dr. Basher Ahmad Veeri, GN Ratanpuri, Altaf Kaloo, Mubarak Gul, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Ghulam Mohiudin Mir, Abdul Majeed Bhat (Larmi), Showkat Ganaie, Imran Nabi Dar have also condemned the civilian killings in strongest terms.