While resenting the fresh spike in civilian killings, the National Conference on Saturday said any attempt to stitch up a new political formation based on runaway defectors would have "dangerous consequences for the government of India in Kashmir." He asserted that such "experiments" in past have thrown J&K into the abyss of uncertainty.
"Cobbling up a new coalition through horse-trading would end up in a political disaster for New Delhi. They (government of India) have done many such experiments and frauds since 1947. Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Sahab was kept in jail for many years. The history is witness to what they indulged in by installing Ghulam Muhammad Shah through same machinations," General Secretary of National Conference Ali Muhammad Sagar told media personnel here on Saturday. The party's senior leader and former minister Sagar took a dig at former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti saying that it was due to "Mehbooba's wrong policies" that J&K has seen governor's rule in her tenure of three years. "Her wrong policies have made BJP all powerful in J&K today. The Governor rule means that Delhi is ruling J&K. The Governor is working on the direction of Delhi. All the blame goes to Mehbooba because PDP's three years of rule saw the state coming under the Governor's rule for the fourth time." Recalling prime ministerNarendraModi's famous independence day remark "bullets not hugs will restore calm", the National Conference general secretary asked New Delhi to win hearts and minds of the people saying "PM's remark should be the policy, that has
Condemning killing of three civilians including a teenage girl in forces' firing in Kulgam, Sagar dismissed all forms of military solution for Kashmir imbroglio. "Suppression and oppression can't resolve Kashmir, which is a political issue and has to be resolved politically." He said on one hand government of India talks about appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor with an official mandate to hold parleys with all sections and on the other hand the killings continue. "Look what is happening on the ground. If bullets continue to pierce the chest of our youth then it will have dangerous repercussions," said Sagar.
Amid ongoing political instability in the state, Sagar cautioned government of India against tinkering with Article 35A, which empowers J&K legislature to define permanent residents and allows them exclusive right to buy land in the state.
Reposing faith in Governor Vohra ,Sagar hastened to add, "NN Vohra iss an able administrator. We hope he will defend it (Article 35A) will all his might, but we need to watch out for government of India." Earlier addressing the media, Sagar said National Conference would apprise the Governor about alleged discrimination and atrocities against people of Srinagar during the last three years.
"The party has decided to call upon the Governor and his advisors to raise the issue of discrimination and atrocities in Srinagar and want the administration to address them," said Sagar, flanked by Nasir Aslam Wani and Imran Nabi Dar. Sagar claimed that the party had raised the issues during the previous PDP-BJP government which "paid no heed to them". "The people of Srinagar have been subjected to curfews, restrictions, atrocities and economic losses. After south Kashmir, Srinagar is targeted," he said. Wani also condemned the killing of three civilians in Kulgam. "We had hoped that such killings would stop. We appeal to the governor to stop these killings," he said.
Others National Conference leaders who were present include central zone president Ali Mohammad Dar, senior VP Mohammad Syed Akhoon, district President Srinagar Peer Afaq Ahmad, ex MLA Irfan Shah and VP Mushtaq Guroo.