Violence against Kashmiri students, traders unacceptable: NC

Violence against Kashmiri students, traders unacceptable: NC

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference has termed the enduring incidents of violence, intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students, professionals and families putting up across the country as unacceptable.

NC’s provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar while expressing concern on the unremitting attacks on Kashmiris as deplorable said that “such attacks are a physical manifestation of the hate mongering being perpetuated against Kashmiris on social media networks. The assertions of the Governor of Meghalaya Tathagatha Roy have also come as a surprise to us.  Inevitably what he and others are saying will inevitably vitiate the atmosphere and provoke the lumpen elements to intimidate the innocent Kashmiris across the country,” adding “The assertions of Roy do not behoove the constitutional position which he holds. His assertions are of grave concern and should not be taken as impel bout of anger. Similarly there are others who are openly calling for boycott of Kashmiri students and traders. This smear campaign against a community has put lives of innocent Kashmiris at risk.”

Imran said that Kashmiris have been at the receiving end of the violence born out of the impending conflict. “The bullying, harassment and intimidation elsewhere in the country will push the already distressed people of Kashmir to wall.  By denying safe spaces to Kashmiris across the country to pursue their vocations, the lumpen fringe is explicitly telling them that they have no prospects elsewhere in the country,” he added.

Imran while castigating what he called as the “laid-back” attitude of the GoI in ensuring safety of Kashmiris said, “No strong word of condemnation has come from the central government against the ongoing attacks on Kashmiris.  The all party meet too was rather mute on the unjustified attacks on Kashmiris across the country.” 

While censuring certain media channels on harboring hate against the Kashmiri, he said, “Certain sections of media have also been fanning passions of the people. By creating alternate realities by mixing hate with rhetoric, certain sections of media have also done great disservice to the unity of the country,” he said.

Imran while seeking an immediate seize to the ongoing attacks on Kashmiris and urged GoI and state governments across the country to ensure that people who are involved in the incidents of arson are arrested and persecuted.