Jammu & Kashmir National Conference on Sunday held a peaceful protest rally against the civilian killings in Pulwama and demanded that those responsible for the killings be identified and arrested.
Scores of National Conference workers led by party District President and Ex MLA Ganderbal, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar took out a protest rally from party headquarters Ganderbal to Beehama Chowk seeking an end to unabated civilian killings, maiming and human rights violations in the Valley.
Addressing the rally, Sheikh Ishfaq said that the mayhem that was unleashed at Pulwama the other day and the episodes like it don’t augment well for the peace to return to the valley. “New Delhi is irresolute about the gravity of the situation and if the current phenomenon of uncertainty persists it can morph in a much dire situation,” he said.
Ishfaq expressed grief and sorrow over the civilian killings and said that young in Kashmir have become an easy fodder for those who have made this conflict a business. “The attitude of GOI towards our state hasn’t changed. The iron fist strategy must end and should be replaced with people-centric CBMs. The key to end these killings lies with New Delhi,” he said.
“For how long the blood of civilians will continue to flow in Kashmir? We have been reiterating that there is no military solution to address this issue except to imitate a credible process of structured dialogue. Unfortunately, political leadership that is running the country is not responding to this worsening situation. Instead, they continue to look at Kashmir through the prism of security. It’s time that a result oriented political process is initiated without any delay,” he said.
The party workers shouted slogans against the government for its failure in putting a stop to civilian killings in the Valley.