Rajouri, Dec 3: Former leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday called for the prevention of civilian killings, especially during encounters.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a rally in Rajouri, Azad said militancy was like a game of “snakes and ladders” where a single move could cost heavily.
“Security forces have played a tremendous role in J&K but civilian killings should be prevented,” he said.
Azad said many times militants run and enter a house and security forces explode the entire house, resulting in civilian killings.
He said that this was where security forces needed to “act with caution”.
Azad said that he was not visiting Jammu and Kashmir for assembly elections.
“I am visiting only because no visit could be paid in any area during the last two and a half years after the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A, and coronavirus lockdown,” he said.
Azad said after his rally in Ramban, he would also visit Jammu, Kathua, and Samba.
Without naming it, he lashed at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and accused it of betraying the mandate of the people.
“A political party took votes from the public in 2014 elections promising them that it won’t allow another political party to cross Lakhanpur, but later entered into an alliance with the same party,” Azad said.
During the public rally, Azad lashed out at the government for its “anti-encroachment drive spree”.
“Removing people from land and making them landless is an act of the government which shows its misunderstanding of the ground position,” he said. “The government should immediately end anti-encroachment drives which are a brainchild of bureaucrats.”
Azad also lashed at the government for the “termination spree” of government employees.