JAMMU, Dec 15: Former Chief Ministers, Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah today strongly condemned the civilian killings during an encounter in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.
“No probe enough to bring back the dead innocent civilians. South Kashmir has been reeling under fear for the last 6 months. Is this what was expected from Governor rule? The admin has failed in securing civilian lives. Deepest condolences to the bereaved,” PDP president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
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She said no country can win a war by killing its own people.
“How long are we going to shoulder the coffins of our youngsters? So many civilians killed today post encounter in Pulwama. No country can win a war by killing its own people. I strongly condemn these killings, and once again appeal for efforts, to stop this blood bath,” Mehbooba said in another tweet.
National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah said the encounter was “badly executed”.
“civilians killed and numerous more injured, many critically. Any way you look at it this was a badly executed encounter. Protests around encounter sites are now the norm not the exception. Why are we unable to learn how to handle them better?” Omar tweeted.
The NC leader said the Governor’s administration appears “not doing anything on restoring peace” in the “troubled Valley”.
“The administration of Governor Malik has one task & one task only – to focus on the security of the people of J&K & restore peace to a troubled Valley. Sadly it appears that’s the only thing the administration is not doing. Publicity campaigns & full page ads don’t bring peace,” he tweeted.