Government has turned JK into jail: Baig

‘Coalition Maligning Democracy By Muzzling Right To Dissent’


Naidkhi (Bandipora) Nov 15: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig Thursday said the present coalition government has converted Jammu and Kashmir into a prison where there is no right to dissent.
 Addressing a public meeting at Naidkhai in Sonawari area, Baig said dissention is fundamental right of everybody living in a democratic set up. “In a modern democratic society, the right to dissent is one of the most fundamental rights. Right to debate or freedom of speech and the right to express dissent are the basic principals of a democracy. But unfortunately the present state government believes in muzzling dissent by way of frequent detention of youth and continuous house arrest of Hurriyat leaders,” Baig observed.
 He said resolution of Kashmir issue is essential because there is a problem about Jammu and Kashmir. The former deputy chief minister observed that Hurriyat also says that there is a problem and while there can be difference of opinion on the mode of resolution but nobody can deny the existence of the problem. “Many quarters have been in a denial mode for long but that has only added to the complexity of the problem,” he remarked.
 He said the present coalition government is responsible for maligning the name of Indian democracy and constitutional system by depriving peaceful and respectable citizens, their liberty and fundamental rights.
 “This government has lowered the prestige of country’s judicial system and constitutional scheme by muzzling the voice of dissent and putting in jail elderly people and teenagers who should have been in schools and colleges,” Baig said.
 Baig said it was a blot on the country’s name that hundreds of people continue to be behind bars for the mere use of their right to express a dissenting view.
 He reiterated PDP’s belief that the institutions like the state Assembly and the Panchayats have an important role in articulating and channelising the aspirations of the people.
 Baig said Omar Abdullah government has failed on all fronts primarily because it had neither an agenda nor a direction. He said while the PDP in 2002 ensured that the resolution of Kashmir problem and dismantling of state repression was included in the CMP with the Congress.
 “NC in its hurry to grab power forgot even about its own manifesto. Its alliance with Congress is gross political opportunism and a state has reached in this coalition where corruption seems the basic CMP among the two parties,” he said. Referring to various cases of corruption including the mysterious death of Haji Yousuf the senior NC worker and Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Scam Baig said the NC had already gained notoriety in corruption cases but it is now pulling down its coalition partner Congress as well.
 PDP senior vice president, Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari also addressed the gathering.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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