Srinagar, 19 Feb: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday alleged that the downgrading of security cover of its leaders in J&K "reeks of vindictive and vendetta politics".
Party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said in a statement said that the measure has been taken "with a political axe to grind in the shape of giving fringe benefits to the ruling dispensation and deter all the contrarian voices from reaching the people". "The ruling party has descended to the ultimate personal vendetta mechanism, compromising the lives of the former Ministers of J&K, legislators and prominent party leaders,” he said.
Dar said that in the last few days, security has been withdrawn from a number of party leaders and activists "without any legal or legitimate reasons being stated".
"This is an extremely deplorable turn of events and speaks volumes about the intolerance, arrogance and political impropriety of the ruling party," he said.
Dar further said that "only a popular government can restore some lost sense of confidence and normalcy in the beleaguered region".
"The resumption of a genuine political process in the region is going to be long haul. This unjust move will deter the ongoing efforts of JKNC leaders from strengthening the political process on ground,” he said adding, “Continuation of political void in the region won't benefit the country. On the contrary it will compromise the supreme interests of the nation. The security cover should be restored irrespective of political affiliations.”