The main opposition National Conference (NC) on Sunday said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's silence over what it said "brutal and barbaric killing" of an 11 year old student of New Theed Harwan had added to pain in Kashmir.
In a statement from party headquarters, National Conference state spokesperson, Junaid Azim Mattu said "Mehbooba Mufti's deafening silence over the barbaric and brutal murder of young Nasir Shafi Qazi of New Theed had added to the unimaginable pain and grief in Kashmir. Once more and yet again she has brought shame and disrepute to the high office she occupies."
"We express our solidarity with Nasir's parents and his family and also the families of more than 85 young boys and girls who have lost their lives in this unrest. The continued use of pellet guns shows the barbarity and brutality with which New Delhi is handling a political issue in Kashmir and belittles the flowery rhetoric of the Prime Minister," the spokesman said. .
"It is evident that such atrocities in Kashmir find a sadistic acceptability in the power corridors of New Delhi and also enjoy a tragic social sanctity in the country because of the regressive, jingoist narrative that has been painstakingly engineered to distort the truth. Had this happened in any other part of the country – the repercussions and public outcry would have been unimaginable", he said.
"Even mentally challenged individuals seem to be valid targets of this unabated brutality. What threat did a mentally challenged person pose to the integrity and sovereignty of the country that he had to be shot so mercilessly? Was he attacking an army camp or trying to 'buy milk or toffees' from a police station as insensitively mocked by Mehbooba Mufti? Repression seems to be crossing all limits as the political narrative is getting more and more reductionist and regressive by each passing day", the NC Spokesperson added.