PDP opposes creation of VDCs in Doda, Kishtwar

Excelsior Correspondent
KISHTWAR, July 14: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today opposed Union Government’s plan to create Village Defence Committees (VDCs) in over dozen villages of Kishtwar and erstwhile Doda district.
“Most unfortunately these VDCs, being setup in the garb of anti-militancy grid, are being constituted in a particular community further alienating the other peace loving people of the region”, former legislator and senior PDP leader Firdous Tak said here in a press conference.
District president, Sheikh Nasir Hussain, Ishtiyaq Hussain Waza, Arshid Giri, Haji Mohammad Iqbal, Wasil Doolwal, Ghulam Hassan, Haji Abdul Rasheed, Gulnaz Begum besides senior party functionaries were present on the occasion.
Tak said that the failure of the administration to address basic issues of the region besides its compulsion not to expose people responsible for the target killings in Kishtwar has caused a serious dent to the image of Bhartiya Janata Party in the region. “Now the party is going back to its old drama of raising communal issues and creating wedge among the communities to further its political designs”, he said.
The former PDP legislator said that the administration in the Chenab Valley have been directed to establish new VDCs when already around 28000 VDC members are active. “The list of the areas where the VDCs are to be created has come directly from the Union Government which itself speaks about the designs behind the move”, he said.
The PDP leader urged the State administration to immediately withdraw such directive in the larger interest of Jammu and Kashmir and its citizens. He said that the party called for protest demonstration at Kishtwar on July 19 in case the administration failed to roll back the order immediately.

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