National Conference leader and legislator Khalid Najeeb Soharawardy on Sunday said that opposition parties were trying to derive political mileage out of the communal clashes that took place in Kishtwar in August.
At a press conference here, Soharawardy described comments by political parties on the clashes as an attempt to "play with sentiments of people and create tension between religious communities".
Soharawardy, however, applauded the role of the people: "They played an important role in maintaining peace, brotherhood, and communal harmony, despite provocation from different corners."
Soharawardy's statement came a day after BJP national president Rajnath Singh had termed chief minister (CM) Omar Abdullah's comment that the Kishtwar clashes were a Pakistan-sponsored activity as a farce. "It is regrettable that some political parties are trying to derive political mileage out of communal tension in Kishtwar," he said.
"All political parties have criticised communal tension in Kishtwar, but nobody is ready to wipe the tears of those who lost their loved ones," he said.