NC goes PDP way, stages sit-in in front of secretariat gate

Opposition National Conference (NC) on Thursday held a sit-in protest in front of the main entrance of civil secretariat here.

The NC protestors were raising anti-government slogans seeking immediate halt to civilian killings and arrests. This protest demonstration replicates what ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did in 2010 when 120 civilians were killed. NC working president Omar Abdullah was in office then.

Led by NC Secretary General, Ali Mohammad Sagar, the MLA Khanyar said that PDP-BJP government has failed at all levels.

“It is unfortunate that the government which started working by thanking Pakistan and militant is now abusing same Pakistan,” said Sagar, who led 1 45-minute sit-in protest outside the civil secretariat.

“The NC has been from day one seeking dialogue and reconciliation with Pakistan and all stake holders” Sagar said.

Criticizing the Union government for stooping the use of pellet guns in Kashmir, Sagar said that the delegation of Unionist opposition leaders felt that pellets will be stopped just next when they met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi some days ago. “But they have failed and the committee formed by Home Minister has recommended continuation of it which is unfortunate,” he said.

Reports said that cavalcade of Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar, who happens to be Government spokesperson as well, was stuck outside the civil secretariat due to the blockade established by National Conference members.

When asked whether NC will meet the All-Party delegation scheduled to visit Kashmir in a few days, Sagar said, “if by meeting such a delegation, wounds of Kashmir will be healed, we will have no issue in meeting the people.”

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