National Conference on Wednesday condemned the loss of lives in Handwara and Kupwara and said it stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the slain youth. In a joint statement issued from party headquarters in Srinagar, National Conference General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, Party Vice President Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Senior Leader Mir Saifullah and MLC Qaiser Jamsheed Lone extended their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families on behalf of the party leadership and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Lashing out at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for abdicating her responsibilities during such a grave situation, Senior NC Leaders said Mehbooba Mufti chose her own political and personal PR in New Delhi, leaving the State Government directionless and rudderless while four innocent lives have already been lost in the last two days. “Rather than immediately flying back to Srinagar to take stock of the situation and prevent any further loss of lives, Mehbooba Mufti’s decision to continue remaining in New Delhi to meet Central BJP leaders is another sad reminder of her misplaced and self-seeking priorities and those of her party. Mehbooba Mufti is more interested in guarding her own chair rather bestowed on her by the BJP than tackling the developing situation in the Valley. There is complete chaos and disarray in the State Administration as the Chief Minister has failed in upholding her key responsibility of personally supervising such a serious situation”, the statement said.
Condemning Mehbooba Mufti’s insensitive and ill-timed remarks of terming the families of the slain youth as ‘poor people’ who should be economically compensated for losing their family members, Senior NC Leaders said this was the Chief Minister blatantly denigrating the families of the victims after choosing to abandon the State in the middle of such a grim situation.