National Conference on Monday lashed out at the PDP-BJP Government and Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed for ‘stifling’ the democratic process by curbing the movement of the principal opposition party and said this ‘did not auger well’ for the State and its people.
A five member NC delegation comprising of Senior NC Leaders Nasir Aslam Wani, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Peer Mohammad Afaq, Ali Mohammad Dar and Aga Mehmood was on its way to Narbal on Monday to condole the demise of young Suhail Ahmed who was killed in firing by the Police a few days back. The delegation was not allowed to proceed by the Police on the instructions of the State Government, an NC statement said this evening.
“This is very strange and unprecedented. The Government allowed separatist leaders to visit Narbal to offer condolences to the family of the deceased but prevented the principal opposition party from visiting. There is no precedent to this behaviour. The NC delegation wanted to visit the family of young Suhail to offer the condolences from our party leadership and pray for peace to the departed soul. We were turned back from the Narbal turn by the Police authorities despite the fact that they selectively allowed even separatist leaders to visit”, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said.
The NC Provincial President said that this was a blatant indication of PDP ‘misusing’ State apparatus and machinery to do partisan politics, “more tragically on the death of a young teenager who lost his life in a most unfortunate manner”.
“PDP should do politics through legitimate means and stop resorting to petty behaviour like this. The Government officers and Police officers should also understand that they are sworn to serve the democratic processes and institutions of the State and as the Principal Opposition Party, we have every right to move around without the police curbing our movement. This is very unfortunate,” he said.