Deployment fraught with danger, says PDP
Srinagar, July 7
Blaming the government for its inability to perform the fundamental duty of protecting the lives of people, the PDP has said that the Army’s deployment here was fraught with danger giving negative signals.
A meeting of senior party leaders presided over by its patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed expressed concern over the “highly disturbed situation” in the Valley caused by the killing of several teenagers by the security forces. Others who attended the meeting included PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Muzaffar Hussein Baig, Moulvi Iftikhar Hussein Ansari, Abdul Aziz Zargar, Mohammad Dilawar Mir and Tariq Hameed Karra, a party spokesman said.
The meeting observed that the government had bungled the situation all through and the turbulence was sparked primarily by the brutal use of force that unfortunately targeted the youth of a particular age group, the spokesman said. “Instead of trying to address the cause of anger and taking action against the perpetrators, the government only attempted damage control to restrict its fallout on the image of the government without bothering for the precious young lives,” he added.
Along with this the government adopted the strategy of demonising the youth, calling them agents and attributing monetary and other motives to a genuine and peaceful expression of sentiments, the spokesman said.
This, he said, was evident from the deployment of a reluctant Army to convey an impression of a functional though helpless government. He said it was ironical that the state government had requisitioned the Army to fight unarmed citizens at a time when in other states a consensus had been arrived not to use defence forces even against highly armed and trained fighters.
Meanwhile, APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq here today described the deployment of the Army as unfortunate saying it had been the government’s “first and last resort” in handling Kashmir. In a statement here, he said military measures would in no way be able to break the will and resolve of the people.