‘PDP, Security Forces Suspect’

‘PDP, Security Forces Suspect’

20 April 2012
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Srinagar: Barely hours after an Assistant Sub-Inspector of police was shot dead here, senior National Conference leader Dr. Mustafa Kamaal said that first and foremost finger of suspicion goes on opposition Peoples Democratic Party while the security forces were also not out of suspicion. Talking to Greater Kashmir, Kamaal, who is known for hard-hitting statements, targeted PDP saying that “frustrated” and “unnerved” opposition party can go to any extent to create mayhem and “if they provided stones, money and motorbikes to stone-pelters in 2010, it is evident that orchestrating violence and carrying out these incidents is not a big task for them.” “We should not straightaway jump to the conclusion and blame militants for every episode. Let police investigate the gruesome incident and expose the elements behind the attack. But we cannot rule out the hand of PDP as it wants to create disorder and destabilize government led by Omar Abdullah. The party can use unemployed youth to keep pot boiling here,” Kamaal said. The NC leader said that PDP is hell bent upon to create disorder as “they know if situation returns to normal, then their shop like other anti-peace forces would be shut.” Kamaal also did not spare security forces, saying they cannot be kept out of the ring of suspicion ‘for orchestrating violence here.’ “The security agencies, opposing revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act and removal of bunkers, are also under suspicion. How can we give them clean chit as their role has been established behind violence in the past,” he said. Kamaal, however, added that today’s incident shouldn’t be related with bunker removal process, as these things are taking place here for the past two decades. GOVT TRYING TO FIND SCAPEGOATS FOR ITS FAILURES: PDP Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) strongly condemned the killing of the ASI. Expressing deep shock at the loss of another precious life to a ‘senseless violence,’ party Chief Spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said such killings don’t serve any purpose except creating personal tragedies. He conveyed party’s deep feeling of grief and solidarity to the family of the deceased. The spokesman said the party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and president Mehbooba Mufti were shocked to learn about the killing and have conveyed deep condolences. Party General Secretary Muhammad Dilawar Mir and senior leader Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari have also condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the affected family. The spokesman said many such incidents had taken place in Srinagar even though the militant presence in the state has drastically come down. “Such attacks have been daring and carried out in broad day light in busiest areas of the city,” he said and wondered as to why none of these crimes could be solved so far. He said on the one hand the government had declared Srinagar as militancy free and on the other hand such incidents were creating a scare and government’s inability to solve these cases or prevent their recurrence is leading to more uncomfortable inferences than such crimes in normal circumstances would. Calling it a failure of policing in the state, Akhtar said it is obvious that the police are unable to crack these cases because the government leaders were issuing such statements that would mislead the investigators. The police also feel itself above any accountability because their political masters are neck deep in criminal activities and scandals and are surviving in politics only because the police are shielding them. “That is why the police have not felt obliged to explain any of the shooting incidents in the city so far while their political masters are trying to find scapegoats among their rivals.”