Srinagar, April 18, (Scoop News)-Strongly condemning the killing of Mohammad Amin Pandith, sarpanch of Gulzarpora, the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today said the threats issued by Dr Farooq Abdullah were apparently taking toll on the ground.
Addressing a press conference here today, Mehbooba said within hours of Dr Farooq Abdullah having said ‘PDP needs to be taught a lesson’, Pandith, who was the member of PDP, was killed by unknown assailants.
She said after facing public wrath at different places Dr Farooq Abdullah issued serious threats against PDP on Thursday saying ‘If he had resources he would carry out hundreds attacks on PDP leaders and workers.’
He made these remarks at around 2:30 PM and at around 9:30 PM Pandith was shot dead.
Mehbooba said there is a very obvious plan for creating a scare that the NC has been implementing in absence of a performance report that is necessary for all political parties at the time of elections as it has to be presented to the voters especially by a ruling party. Since, there is nothing except death, destruction, scandals, atrocities and victimization of youth that NC-Congress could talk about as their achievement in the last five years. They see their only chance in creating scare and forcing people to boycott elections.
She said earlier Dr Farooq Abdullah had accused PDP of being in league with militants and said that it is not Pakistan but PDP that would target their workers and immediately after two NC workers were targeted and their houses set on fire in Srinagar.
Mehbooba said she had cautioned about such tactics by NC to achieve their limited agenda of staying in power by hook or crook.
She said it was disappointing that Election Commission of India had taken no notice of the brazen violation of model code of conduct by the NC. She said while it is appreciable that ECI had taken prompt actions on complaints but in case of Jammu and Kashmir the election body had shut its eyes.
She said the threats issued by Dr Farooq Abdullah against PDP are too serious to be ignored by the ECI if they want to conduct free and fair polls in J&K.
“ECI should have taken a suo motto notice of the threats issued by Dr Farooq Abdullah but we are still lodging a formal complaint,” she said.
Mehbooba said that it was not out of reach for Dr Farooq Abdullah to have his threats executed. He as the architect of infamous task force and the creator of ‘the unknown gunman’ could still be retaining sufficient fire power to hit at his rivals especially when it is dawning on him that the game is up for the NC.
She said the imminent defeat of NC-Congress alliance at the Centre and in the state has made the NC leadership too jittery for even conducting a civilized campaign and Dr Farooq Abdullah is leading that party in its tirade of abuse and violence.
Mehbooba later visited the house of late Mohammad Amin Pandith at Gulzarpora to condole his death. She expressed her solidarity with the bereaved family. Speaking to the people present on the occasion killing innocents’ people will achieve nothing except creating more tragedies.
This, she said, has been happening over the past quarter century without resulting into anything positive only graveyards and number of widows and orphans are increasing.
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