Srinagar: Expressing pain and sorrow over the killing of civilians by security forces in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, Communist Party of India (M) senior leader Mohammad Yousuf Targami alleged that for BJP, Kashmir was expendable for its narrow electoral interests.
“Today’s horrible incident is a big shock and setback to any effort to restore peace in the Valley”, Mr Targami said in a statement here on Saturday noon.
He said the civilian killings have become everyday norm in Kashmir now and it seems New Delhi is least bothered about this. Condemnation and ordering a probe after every killing is not enough, he said, adding “what is required is making security forces accountable and punishing those responsible for such unfortunate killings.”
“For how long the blood of civilians will continue to flow in Kashmir?, he asked and said there was need for bold initiatives. He said but the record of the present regime in Delhi is not only disappointing, it has also added fuel to the fire because of its erroneous policies vis-à-vis Kashmir. BJP regime in New Delhi has been treating Kashmir as only a security problem instead of having political approach to address the issues,” he alleged.
“The youngsters have been pushed to the wall due to the mistakes and mishandling of Kashmir issue by BJP Government. Given the rising toll of casualties and no visible efforts by New Delhi to hold meaningful dialogue, there is apprehension that the situation may worsen further,” he stated.
“While expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, he demanded immediate steps for identifying those responsible for these killings so as to ensure that they are punished under law. CPIM reiterates that violence in any form doesn’t help in seeking solutions to the problems. Whether a civilian is killed by the bullet from one side or the other, it is loss of precious human life” , Targami asserted.