Srinagar, Dec 20 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday staged protests across the state demanding an end to the unbridled civilian killings and other human rights violations.
The major protest demonstration was held at Srinagar, where scores of party leaders, functionaries took out a rally from party headquarters Nawa e subh Srinagar to denounce the civilian killings.
The protest rally was led by party General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General secretary Sheikh Mustufa Kamal. Addressing the rally party general secretary said that the demonstrations are being held at across the state. “We are protesting against the policy of using force against civilians by government forces being executed by the governor administration. We have been imploring upon governor to initiate dialogue but over pleas fell on deaf ears,” he said adding, “BJP led central government is hell bent to leverage its poll prospects elsewhere in the country. This has to end. We too are a part of democratic nation possessing basic fundamental rights which are being denied to us. The need of the hours is to initiate a fruitful dialogue by embarking on the path of reconciliation,” he said.
Additional general secretary while addressing the rally said that we have took out the procession against the killings and other human rights violations. “Army is not meant to handle situation in civilian areas. The killings that took place the other day could have been avoided by using less lethal weapons like water cannons. The forces are not being held accountable. I urge the governor to initiate the process of reconciliation and reproachment,” he said adding that the Pulwama killings should be thoroughly investigated upon.
Party provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said that we have yet again come out to Awake the slumber ridden governor administration. “For past four years we have been witnessing killings and other human rights violations. We had thought that governor administration will bring some respite from killings and other accesses. However there is no stop to killings,” he said adding, “National conference is not after power and chair. We won’t tolerate killings and other human right violations. Our main aim is to secure the interests of people,” he said.
Among others District President Peer Afaq, Irfan Shah, Sabiya Qadri, , Ahsan Pardesi, GN Tailbali, Reyaz Bedar Mudasir Shahmiri and Khalid Rathore also participated in the protest demonstrations.
Later district president Peer Afaq submitted a memorandum to divisional commissioner demanding a stop to killings.
Party functionaries, district presidents and other office bearers protested against the iron fist strategy of the incumbent governor administration and submitted memorandums to concerned DC’s throughout the state demanding an immediate end to the human rights violations.
In Anantnag the protests were led by district president Altaf Kaloo and Zonal President Dr. Basher Veeri. In Kulgam district president Abdul Majeed Bhat Larmi and provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar led the protests. In Pulwama the protests were led by district president Ghulam Mohi ud Din Mir and Javaid Rahim Bhat.
In Shopian the protest rally was led by Sheikh Muhammad Rafi and Nisar Ahmad.
Party functionaries staged similar protest demonstrations in north Kashmir. In Baramulla the protests were led by district president Javaid Ahmad Dar, Ghulam Hassan Rahi, advocate Shahid Ali and Masooda Neelofar.
Party functionaries staged similar protests demanding an end to civilian killings in Kupwara where the protest demonstration was led by district president Qaisar Jamsheed Lone, Mir Saifullah, Zahid Mughal.
In Kargil the party functionaries staged similar protests braving the chill and demanded an end to the civilian killings, the protest demonstration in there was led by district president Haji Haneefa, Qamar Ali Akhoon, and in Leh by district president P. Anchuck.
Party functionaries held placards demanding an end to civilian killings and bringing the perpetrators to justice. The protesting functionaries showed dismay at the impunity with which unarmed civilians are being devoured upon. (KNS)