October 2003 News

Son to carry baton of Kukka Parray

7 October 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: Undeterred by the killing of his father Jamsheed Shirazi alias Kukka Parray, a prominent counter insurgent leader, his elder son Khurshid Ahmed Parray has vowed to take the fight, spearheaded by his father against Pakistan sponsored militancy for more than a decade in the Kashmir valley, to a logical conclusion. 'Come what may. Our fight will go on despite the fact that we have suffered a big blow in the killing of Kukka Parray. We will not relent till the last Pakistan militant is thrown out of the Indian soil', 25-year old Khurshid Parray told EXCELSIOR soon after his arrival here on his first visit to Jammu after the killing of Kukka Parray. At the same time, Khurshid was highly critical of the State Government especially the police administration for not providing 'adequate security cover' to Kukka Parray, which gave the Pakistan supported militants a chance to kill him. Asserting that his father was killed by Hizbul Mujahideen militants, Khurshid, who had recently taken over as Awami League chairman, a post held by his father for last eight years, squarely blamed the Government agencies for the killing. 'Our cadre is well intact. Undoubtedly, the cadre is down (for the time being) but not out. They are determined to fight for the cause of India till their last breath', he declared but charged the State Government with letting down their cadre by not extending them the promised facilities including rehabilitation. 'The pro-Pakistan forces killed Kukka Parray to demoralise our cadre. But, we will not allow this to happen. We are determined and committed to fight back. Under no circumstances, we will allow the pro-Pakistan forces to succeed', he thundered. Blaming Pakistan backed Hizbul Mujahideen for the killing of Kukka Parray, Khurshid said the Mufti Sayeed led coalition Government too can’t escape responsibility of the killing of a leader, who held Indian flag flying in toughest ever circumstances in the Valley. 'Parray was the only leader in the Valley, who used to begin his rally with the slogan of Hindustan Zindabad', he pointed out. 'Bullet proof cars of all Z category protected persons, which were issued in 1996, were replaced in 2000 with new cars. However, Kukka Parray’s BP car was not replaced despite a series of reminders', Khurshid said, adding Parray’s political secretary had handed over the reminders to Director General of Police (DGP) Gopal Sharma when he visited their residence at Hajan after Parray’s killing. 'The bullet proof car provided to my father had no tyres at all. How he would have used it while travelling to stadium?', he asked describing as 'baseless' the allegations of a Mufti Govt’s Minister that Parray was killed due to his own security lapse as he was travelling in a Gypsy. He lamented that Parray, who was widely credited with facilitating smooth conduct of Assembly elections in 1996, was provided with only two commandos while National Conference leader was given 50 commandos and security guards. Khurshid said Finance Minister Muzaffar Baig had promised to issue a new BP car to him the very next day of his visit to their Hajan house. 'Now 25 days have passed and nothing has happened. Even there was not a single security guard at my Roop Nagar residence when I reached here this afternoon. Is this the way to protect the pro-India leaders'? he asked angrily. Calling for a high level inquiry into the killing of Kukka Parray by a Central Government agency, he observed that an impartial inquiry would expose 'many bigwigs'. He alleged that the killing was part of a 'deep rooted conspiracy' and feared that under the plot some more surrendered militants could lose their lives. Another counter insurgent Javed Shah was also a victim of the conspiracy, he charged. 'Mufti Sayeed led coalition Government is not interested in curbing militancy. They are no better than Farooq Abdullah regime, who spread militancy in the entire State. We don’t see any difference between the two Governments', he alleged. According to him, the much-publicised 'healing touch' policy of the Government was being used to 'appease the militants and their families' while the genuine persons are being ignored. 'Militancy has increased in the State after Mufti Government came to power about 11 months back', he alleged. To a question about the release of Kukka Parray’s book 'Jang Magar Zari Hai', which was due to be released by Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani this month had Parray been alive, Khurshid said that Awami League leaders will soon sit together and take a decision on when to release the book. The book, as reported in a section of press, carried sensational disclosures regarding the involvement of senior National Conference leaders in the militancy.difference between the two Governments', he alleged. According to him, the much-publicised 'healing touch' policy of the Government was being used to 'appease the militants and their families' while the genuine persons are being ignored. 'Militancy has increased in the State after Mufti Government came to power about 11 months back', he alleged. To a question about the release of Kukka Parray’s book 'Jang Magar Zari Hai', which was due to be released by Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani this month had Parray been alive, Khurshid said that Awami League leaders will soon sit together and take a decision on when to release the book. The book, as reported in a section of press, carried sensational disclosures regarding the involvement of senior National Conference leaders in the militancy.

 

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