Srinagar December 26
National Conference Saturday condemned the arbitrary and unconstitutional house arrest of its senior leader and former Minister Ab Rahim Rather ahead of his scheduled visit to see injured at Sogam, Chadoora.
In a statement issued from party HQs Nawa-e-Subah, Provincial President National Conference Nasir Aslam Wani while castigating the PDP-BJP govts decision of putting Rather under house arrest said, “Mufti sb has taken his personal vendetta against NC to the next level. By putting a six time legislator and one of the senior most leaders of our party under house arrest, he has revealed the nefarious designs of this government.”
While questioning the government on its hypocritical stance wherein the party had earlier claimed that it would address all voices of dissent, Nasir said, “When they cannot even tolerate a different opinion from a mainstream party like NC which has been the fountain head of democratic ideals in Kashmir, situation of separatists and their politics in Kashmir can well be imagined.”
“The house arrest of Rather Sb unfortunately is not a one off incident. Mufti govt has been doing it for quite some time now. Few days back, government arrested youth wing leaders of NC just for raising their voice peacefully against issues concerning general public. This inevitably proves the point that Mufti government has only one mandate and that is to scuttle democratic institutions in Kashmir,” Nasir said adding, “PDPs much touted ‘Battle of Ideas’ was and is a complete farce now as the same party which had spoken volumes about accommodating voices of dissent is in itself working against the interests of democracy and its constituents. Today, the government has resorted to subjugating the voices of even those who are part of the democratic process in J&K.”