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Mufti wants people's concern addressed in J&K

Former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday called for urgent measures to address the peoples concerns.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 19:10 IST

Terming the recent incidents of firing on protesters in Jammu and Kashmir as unfortunate, former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday called for urgent measures to address the peoples concerns to prevent reversal of the gains of ongoing peace process in the state.

Recent unfortunate incidents seem to have vitiated the atmosphere. We need to take urgent measures to address the peoples concern to prevent reversal of the gains of peace process, Sayeed said in a statement in Srinagar on Sunday.

Without referring to Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's statement defending security forces firing on protesters in Kupwara early this week, Sayeed said to protest and stage peaceful demonstrations are a democratic right of the people and needs to be respected. In our effort at nation building it is important we should carry along our people.

Two persons were killed at Zirhama-Kupwara and scores injured early this week when security forces opened fire on demonstrators protesting against the alleged desecration of a mosque and holy quran.

Sayeed, who is patron of PDP said Prime Minister's pledge regarding zero tolerance for human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir should fast translated at the ground to build and consolidate peoples trust and faith in the system.

He said as a fundamental input to the peace process, PM's commitment needed to be followed up with action and a practical policy.

The former Chief Minister urged the PM to ensure that his assurance to curb human rights violations in the state is strictly adhered to and nobody is allowed to go against this commitment.