NC, Cong stoke communal fires in Zanskar: PDP

‘Muslims, Buddhists Yearn For Peace, Amity’

Srinagar, Oct 31: Blaming coalition partners National Conference and Congress for stoking fires of communalism in restive Zanskar area of Ladakh, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday said the onus on maintenance of law and order in the troubled area and providing protection to the citizens rests with the state government.
In a handout issued at the conclusion of her visit to the Zanskar sub-division, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said it seems the coalition partners NC and Congress are stoking fires of communalism in the region to promote their partisan interests “which unfortunately are linked to their pursuit of narrow and unprincipled politics.”
Mehbooba, according to the statement, reached Kargil today after her overnight stay at Padam, the headquarters of Zanskar sub-division. She was accompanied by senior leaders Qazi Mohammed Afzal, Nizamuddin Bhat, Advocate Ghulam Murtaza and Tashi Gyalson.
Mehbooba, according to the statement, expressed relief at the strong desire of the Muslim and the Buddhist community of Zanskar to restore their traditional bonds of amity and brotherhood.
The PDP team held many rounds of discussions with the representatives of both communities. They also visited the victims of rioting and inspected the houses damaged as a result of violence, the statement said.
Mehbooba, according to the statement, discussed with the representatives of the local civil society the humanitarian crisis that has been caused due to “sheer negligence and instances of biased conduct by the administration.”
The team felt that the government had almost withdrawn from the area and had left the people to their own fate. They were told that the official delegation which landed there nearly one month after the initial trouble spent less than an hour at Padam and did not even visit the victims of violence. They did not inspect the houses that have been damaged in the unfortunate incidents, it said.
Mehbooba demanded adequate compensation to the victims and their complete rehabilitation by the government. She said some of the victims live in extremely bad conditions and in absence of any help from the government it seemed they were being further victimized. She said a few families had been disinherited of their ancestral property and the matter had been taken to civil court in far off Kargil. It was a fit case for the government to provide them free legal assistance and even to intervene through community efforts to sort out the matter amicably out of court.
During its interaction with various groups the team got an impression that the people of the area feared interference by vested interests from out side Zanskar. They felt that the ruling NC and Congress are trying to sharpen the communal polarization in pursuit of their political ends, it said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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