Mehbooba says innocent killings are moral challenge for country
Mehbooba Mufti, president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday said the Gool killings and similar incidents were a moral challenge to the central government and people of the country.india Updated: Jul 22, 2013 19:43 IST
Mehbooba Mufti, president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday said the Gool killings and similar incidents were a moral challenge to the central government and people of the country.
Talking to mourners and families of the victims in Gool on Monday, she said the government forces were treating people of Jammu and Kashmir as enemies and training their guns on them as they would target the enemy soldiers in a war.
Mehbooba visited the families of those killed in the firing allegedly by the Border Security Force (BSF) in Gool last week. She was accompanied by Mohammad Sartaj Madni, deputy speaker of the state legislative assembly, and MLA Shangus Peerzada Mansoor Hussain.
Describing the Jammu and Kashmir government as a costly liability, Mehbooba said it could not run away from its responsibility to govern and ensure safety of people by creating a line of distinction between itself and the security forces or police.
She said just issuing statements of condemnation and not being able to act against the perpetrators has resulted in complete collapse of law and order in the state.
Demanding an inquiry into the act of alleged sacrilege that led to the trouble, Mehbooba said it should be investigated along with the cold-blooded murder of four peaceful citizens.
She said by all accounts given by the people of the area, the BSF had entered a religious institution at dead of the night, which is completely illegal and uncivilised. She said violation of the sanctity of the religious institutions should not be allowed at any cost.
Referring to the buck being passed between the central and the state governments over the atrocities in J&K, Mehbooba said the mock drill has no takers any more.
She said the National Conference (NC) and the Congress were partners in both the governments and the NC MPs are extending crucial support to the UPA government. "Chief minister Omar Abdullah can, therefore, not befool people of the state by expressing his helplessness and inability to safeguard their rights as he did in the aftermath of Afzal Guru's hanging and Sonawari killings and now the Gool killings," Mehbooba added.