SRINAGAR, Oct 12: National Conference delegation led by party general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar called on Governor SP Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today and discussed the existing appalling security situation in the State.
The delegation comprised former ministers and senior leaders Abdul Rahim Rather, Ch Mohd Ramzan, Sakina Itoo and Saifullah Mir.
During an hour-long interaction with the Governor, the delegation reiterated party’s concern over the recent killings across the Valley. “Despite repeated assurances coming from the State and Central Governments the killing spree continues to happen every other day. People have now lost faith over such assurances resulting in large scale disenchantment among all sections of the society particularly the youth,” the delegation said.
Urging the Governor to initiate a conciliatory process with the alienated educated youth to instill a sense of security in them, the NC general secretary said, ” A sharp rise in militancy in Kashmir over the last four years is a direct consequence of the alarming level of alienation in Kashmir witnessed during PDP-BJP combine. We are concerned about catch and kill policy where youngsters are not given a chance to return back to mainstream. Such acts add to the alienation and anguish on the ground and need to be stopped.”
Sagar said National Conference has been of the consistent opinion that J&K issue is political in nature and deserves a sustained, holistic and comprehensive political engagement with all the stakeholders. “The recent minimal poll percentage across the Valley has proved beyond doubt that holding ULB elections was not the right decision in the backdrop of Central Governments confusing stand on States special status,” he said.
“We have always respected the Governor’s office and will continue to do so. We have a record of working in unison with successive governors of the state and therefore, we in our party vouch for an affable connection with the Governor’s office. Keeping up with our values, our leadership welcomed and looked forward to work with the new governor to bring everlasting peace to the ailing and bruised State,” Sagar added.
“What was more disturbing is utter silence of the Governor’s office on the barbaric killing of two of our colleagues in Habba Kadal area days before ULB polls. We anticipated a strong condemnation from the Governor’s office on the killings,” he said.
The delegation impressed upon the Governor to contain the situation and take effective steps to neutralise the rising anger of the Kashmiri youth against the system.