Jammu Tawi, June 8
Senior Congress leader and former minister Sham Lal Sharma today castigated the government over giving amnesty to stone pelters in Kashmir, accusing it of adopting double standards to appease ‘anti-nationals’.
While addressing monthly meeting of Block Congress Committee today at Akhnoor,he stated that when the government has been beating the trumpet of freeing more than thousands stone pelters in Kashmir, why is it silent over withdrawing the cases of Jammu youth who protested during the Amarnath land row in the year 2008.
“If the government has decided to give amnesty to the youth of Kashmir Valley, why is it turning blind eye over the cases of Jammu youth who protested during the Amarnath agitation in the year 2008. If youth in Valley are freed, why not those of Jammu,”he added.
Sham lal said that our state is passing through a very bad situation. He said that there is no day when Pakistan is indulge in unprovoked firing even on civil population residing both along IB & LoC. He further said that the people living in these areas are feeling most insecure due to this Pak firing and at the same time also facing the apathy of state govt. He also expressed his concern that with the approval of central govt. the BJP PDP government is granting amnesty to stone pelters and of late thousands of stone pelters are released.
Sham expressed his apprehension that some of these stone pelters who snatched weapons join local militant outfit which is a very serious trend and this BJP PDP government is taking it very lightly. The law and order situation both in Jammu & Kashmir is becoming from bad to worst. He further said that both state & centre government have no concrete policy to curb the militancy and bring situation under control as it used to be before 2015.
Sharma accused the BJP of playing the politics of deceit and said that its leaders are confused and lost. “At first, the BJP slammed Hurriyat Conference and now is asking it to come forward for talks.