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Citizen forum chief slams separatists

india Updated: Aug 28, 2013 21:04 IST
HT Correspondent

Citizens Forum president and senior leader of PDP RK Chadha has lambasted opposition from the Kashmiri separatists and some 'self-styled' human rights activists to the concert by music maestro Zubin Mehta in Srinagar early next month.

Chadha has particularly taken exception to PDP MLA Nizam-ud-Din Bhat joining chorus with the Kashmiri separatists in raising an objection to the holding of the concert.

He has appealed to PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and party president Mehabooba Mufti to rein in such party leaders who convey wrong message about the otherwise liberal policies and forward-looking policies and agenda of PDP, "conveying an impression of the party acting as B team of Hurriyat Conference, endorsing their agenda of talbanisation of Kashmir".

Criticising the two factions of Hurriyat Conference and grand Mufti of Kashmir, Bashir-ud-Din for their objection to holding of the concert in Kashmir, on the plea that this is conspiracy to demonstrate to the world that there is peace and normalcy in Kashmir, Chadha has said these anti-people elements in Kashmir aim at strengthening their political agenda by keeping the people of Kashmir in total isolation, cut-off from the modern world, extenuating their mental stress and victimhood syndrome among them.

These elements are against any step aimed at bringing out the suffering masses of Kashmir from the morass of distress, mental depression and agony, he claimed.

The holding of the music concert by Zubin Mehta in Kashmir is aimed at providing some breathing space and removing stress level to the suffering masses in Kashmir, who are under trauma of militancy and cross firing for last over two decades, said the PDP leader.

Chadha has also lambasted 'so-called' human rights activists Gautam Nawlekha for endorsing the point of view of Kashmiri separatists.

"People like Gautam Nawlekha, who have no locus standi in the country and no conscious of their own, frequently visit Kashmir to enjoy the lavish hospitality with serving of Gushtaba to them by their separatist hosts and they pay back them in terms of endorsing even their most retrogressive and anti-people agenda," said Chadha.