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'Assam killings can have dangerous consequences'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, May 04, 2014
First Published: 19:46 IST(4/5/2014) | Last Updated: 19:52 IST(4/5/2014)

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Sunday strongly condemned, what he described as "latest massacre of minorities in Assam through organized violence".


"Such senseless and targeted carnage could have dangerous consequences for the country," said Mufti, former union home minister while addressing a rally in north Kashmir's Lolab area.

“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 has led to a sense of mistrust in Kashmir as well and there seems to be no reason for the country’s political leadership to dither on this most serious problem that has 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 clarified that prior to conceiving and debating the issue of resolution and outlining its contours, it is imperative that an enabling environment is 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 Government of India must firmly make up its mind that the only way forward in Jammu & Kashmir is the non-military and democratic way.

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