Release political leaders, lift curbs: NC
SRINAGAR: Expressing concern over the detention of political leaders and communication blockade in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference (NC) today sought immediate restoration of political activity by lifting curbs and releasing all leaders, including former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah.
“There could be nothing ironical than the fact that the loudest representative voice from J&K has been chocked in the ongoing session of Parliament by putting towering political leader of the country and senior MP Farooq Abdullah under detention,” senior NC leaders said in joint statement issued from Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan Jammu.
The continued political detentions in the Valley were not in consonance with the democratic polity and ethos of the largest democracy of the world, the statement stated, adding that the worrisome political stalemate for 111 days spoke volumes about the “lack of understanding and insensitivity” of the ruling dispensation, which had pushed J&K into an unprecedented crisis.
The NC leaders said by resorting to undemocratic measures, the government had limited the democratic space of the people. They pitched for restoring civil liberty and allowing freedom of speech as enshrined in the Constitution.