Srinagar: National Conference (NC) President and MP from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah , Party’s Vice President Omar Abdullah, President Democratic Azad Party Gh Nabi Azad and Chairman J&K Peoples Democratic Front Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen on Monday condemned the brutal and ghastly attack that killed six civilians including two children near Dhangri village of Rajouri district and expressed their condolence to bereaved families.
Talking to media persons in Budgam, Dr. Farooq offered heartfelt condolences with the victim families and said, “I am deeply shocked at the targeted attack on civilians in Rajouri. What was their fault? It is a matter of concern that terrorism still exists in Jammu and Kashmir. The incidents of targeted killings of innocents have increased. There are no custom made solutions to this festering problem. There is a need to find a solution by the Home Ministry. Such killings would leave us nowhere. We were told that the Art 370 was the mother of all evils and that it’s annulling will decrease the incidents of violence. Nothing of that sort happened. Situation has worsened ever since. There are more forces in J&K than in my time.” Condemning the gruesome attack, the Party’s Vice President and former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in a statement issued on Monday said, “Deeply shocked as more details emerge of this targeted attack in Rajouri district of Jammu. I unequivocally condemn this heinous attack & send my condolences to the families of the deceased. I hope those injured in this attack will make a swift and complete recovery.” The duo also condoled the killing of two children and injuries to seven others in an IED blast near the house of the first firing incident. They expressed condolences and sympathies with the bereaved and prayed for swift recovery to all the injured. They demanded that the carelessness be probed and accountability fixed.
Condemning the killings former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister and President Democratic Azad Party Gh Nabi Azad said “I am deeply concerned and saddened to see the resurfacing of militant activities in Rajouri district for two consecutive days in which 6 precious lives including children have been lost and 15 injured, which is matter of great concern for each one of us”. Azad strongly condemned this heinous acts of militancy against civilians, particularly against the minority community in the state of J&K. “Such acts of selective killings of a particular community even in the past had been used by militants as a tool to create disharmony in our society,”Azad said.
Condemning the killings the Chairman J&K Peoples Democratic Front ( JKPDF) and former Minister Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen Yaseen said enemies of peace were hell bent upon to vitiate communal harmony and brotherhood the hallmark of the rich traditions and composite ethos of Jammu and Kashmir.
Expressing his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families ,Hakeem urged the government to ensure exemplary punishment to the culprits.ً “There should be no mercy with the perpetrators of this heinous crime” , PDF Chairman added. He said killing of human beings have no place in a civilised society. He said all religions including Islam strictly prohibits killings of human beings adding therein that any form of cruelty against humanity was an unpardonable sin. Hakeem also demanded immediate ex- gratia relief and government job to each next of the kins of victim families and best possible free Medicare facilities for those injured in the unfortunate incident.