Sajjad accuses NC, PDP of massacres

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, July 14: Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone today accused the National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for massacres in Kashmir and said that they have no right to pay homage to the martyrs of July 13, 1931.
Addressing a workers meeting in Rafiabad as part of party’s outreach program – ‘Salaam-O-Kalaam’, Lone said that NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah has no moral right to pay homage to martyrs of 13th July.

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“Yesterday it was 13th July and we were remembering the martyrs of the valiant struggle in 1931. May I ask Farooq Abdullah a question? If 13th July is remembered for these atrocities of the monarchy what is the date that Farooq would suggest for the mass killings at his hands during his days of governance”?, he asked.
The PC president termed it clear hypocrisy on part of Abdullah and PDP. “This is clear hypocrisy. You want the people to remember those killed for sacred struggle for liberty, dignity and empowerment -and we should- but what about those who were killed in the last three decades during the rule of twin traditional parties? Do we have short term memory loss and forgotten about the mass killings since 1987? This is something that we all need to ponder on”, he further added.
Lone said that the “theatrical performances orchestrated by these dynasties on the July 13 are ironic and represent a glaring paradox.”
The PC president accused NC and PDP of suppression in Kashmir. “The same dynasties that have dishonored the sacrifices of the martyrs and have ordered and supervised many more massacres in Kashmir, want to enact a drama of laying wreaths at the graves of our brave martyrs. There is absolutely nothing in common these dynasties could possibly feign to have with the martyrs of Kashmir, or with their heroic struggle for dignity. On the contrary, the subversive and exploitative political dynasties of Kashmir have emulated the unjust and oppressive monarchy with great zeal and dedication”, he added.
Lone said that he will carry forward their “sacred struggle” for empowering the traditionally disempowered Kashmiri and make him the master of his own destiny.
The PC has launched a Public outreach program – ‘Salaam O Kalaam’ to initiate extensive public outreach in order to take forward the party’s mission in delivering change on-ground.
The convention was attended by hundreds of party workers. Besides PC chairman Sajjad Gani Lone, senior leaders Abdul Gani Vakil and Khursheed Khan addressed the gathering of workers.