Srinagar, Feb 18: National Conference (NC) on Thursday stated that the GOI was selling normalcy of compulsion to European Union delegation as peace terming the entire exercise futile saying such curative tours have become part of new normal in Kashmir.
“Such tours are conducted to reinforce the impression that everything is normal in Jammu and Kashmir while the reality on the ground is different,” said party’s additional spokesperson Sarah Hayat Shah in a statement while criticizing GOI over such guided tours.
“We saw how a far-right group of the EU was roped by the GOI previously also to help them get diplomatic dividends. The entire exercise, however, failed to fetch anticipated results. On the contrary, the decision drew slack internationally and nationally in wake of denying the same privilege to the country’s parliamentarians. These curative tours serve no purpose because the visiting delegation is allowed to meet only hand-picked individuals,” she said.
“The government has misread eerie calm in Jammu and Kashmir as peace, the silence after the abrogation of Articles 370, 35-A is no indicator of peace. The Ruling dispensation at New Delhi is under false impression that they have silenced Kashmir by the harshest clampdown post August 5th measures but that tantamount to living in denial. The ground situation in Kashmir post August 5th, 2019 measures is also revealed and needs no account,” she said.
“Since the state was unilaterally dismembered and sheared of its unique status there has been a spur in the violence related incidents. There is no thaw on the armed encounters in which nearly 400 people including 200 security forces officers have lost their lives. The prevalence of suicidal deaths of security forces has also seen a manifold increase. There is no semblance of peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir. Furthermore for any development activity to take place, peace is the first universal prerequisite. Therefore, it is expected that the party that helms the central government works towards achieving peace in its real sense by addressing the political aspirations of the people,” she said.
This post was published on February 18, 2021