Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday condemned the violence in Assam, and said that such “senseless and targeted carnage” could have dangerous consequences for the country.
Addressing a rally in north Kashmir’s Lolab area, Mufti said: “It’s extremely painful to see such barbaric acts of targeted violence being operationalised in the 21st century democratic India,” he said adding, “continuation of such atrocities against minorities, lack of accountability and stereotyping of Muslims is not only fueling a sense of insecurity among the community but is also breeding perilous alienation.”
He said the continued denial of justice and full democratic rights had led to a sense of mistrust in Kashmir as well and there seemed to be no reason for the country’s political leadership to dither on this most serious problem that had been a source of discord, disruption and destruction for more than six decades.
“Peace and resolution is an idea that has arrived for Kashmir and if the people want to change their destiny through democratic means they shall have to join the movement for change through ballot,” he said.
Mufti said prior to conceiving and debating the issue of resolution and outlining its contours, it was imperative that an enabling environment was created for a sustainable solution.
“This is the phase where mental, material and motivational reconciliation takes place, both at the intra and inter-state level,” he said and added that the central government should firmly make up its mind that the only way forward in Jammu and Kashmir was the non-military and democratic way.