Youths detained in Srinagar constituency to create uncertainty, fear, alleges Mehbooba
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today said the fact that the government has to resort to such draconian methods at the end of its six years rule is a sad commentary on the failures of the National Conference-Congress government.
She alleged that hundreds of youth have been detained in Srinagar parliamentary constituency and rural areas of Kashmir to create an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear.
Condemning the indiscriminate arrest of youths in Kashmir, Ms Mehbooba said participation in elections offers the only route to take Kashmir out of repression, injustice and fear.
Addressing a number of rallies in Rafiabad segment of Baramulla constituency, Ms Mehbooba said while in Srinagar this has been done ahead of elections, in south Kashmir it followed polling, apparently in accordance with a plan. They benefited from them in south Kashmir and then cracked down on them following the traditional use and throw policy of the NC, she alleged.
The PDP president said in 2008 even after the state was on a boil in the aftermath of Amarnath agitation, people came out in large numbers to participate in elections because their faith in the electoral system had been revived by the PDP-led government.
''Our party had been cautioning that the reversal of the policies of the previous government would lead to further alienation, have unfortunately come true and the state government was now resorting to illegitimate methods to subdue the anger against it. It is sad that while elections should have been a time to celebrate the right to choose a government in Kashmir, the occasion has been converted into terrorisation of people especially the youth,'' Ms Mehbooba said.
Appealing to the people to vote for the PDP candidate Muzzafar Hussain Baig in Baramulla constituency, Ms Mehbooba said her party was not seeking a mandate for some of its leaders to occupy ministerial chairs in Delhi, but its aim is to end repression and terror which keeps revisiting Kashmir every now and then. The PDP president said the ruling government has blocked all avenues for the youth to grow in a free and conducive atmosphere that could bring out the best of their talent. ''Instead of providing such atmosphere, upgrading educational and skill development facilities and creating new job opportunities in line with requirements of the 21st century, the NC is pushing the youth to stone throwing and even picking up arms once again as was reflected in the sad story of Abdul Haq of Shopian.'' Ms Mehbooba said the PDP was going to Parliament with a positive agenda to push for a peaceful settlement of Jammu and Kashmir which was possible only through friendship between India and Pakistan and building of trust deficit between New Delhi and Kashmir. ''Our party would forcefully and sincerely voice the concerns of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, their aspirations and would seek consensus at the national level for the peaceful settlement of the political issue, which had been till now missing as National Conference would use its mandate just to secure jobs for the members of Abdullah family,'' she said. Ms Mehbooba said there was a need of having strong and sincere voices from Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament, who can take up the issues of people and the issue of the state. ''The aspirations of people of the state and their issues are priority before the PDP unlike the NC which considers power and luxury for itself as the only reason for holding elections,'' she alleged.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)