NC anguished over detention of leaders for six months now
Seeks their immediate release
JAMMU: Expressing grave concern over detention of mainstream leaders including three former chief ministers in the Kashmir Valley for six months now, National Conference Wednesday sought their immediate release and restoration of political activities.
“Prolonged detentions is a matter of grave concern for us all, especially as detained leaders like Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mr Omar Abdullah have all along worked towards strengthening democracy and sustaining peace in Jammu and Kashmir”, senior National Conference leaders, led by Provincial President Devender Singh Rana said, in a joint statement issued from Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here.
The statement recalled the huge contribution of the mainstream leaders in maintaining harmony and tranquility, especially during the turbulent times of the past three decades and said their detention and curbs on communication channels will in no way help Jammu and Kashmir to come out of the difficult situation. The senior leaders stressed the crucial need of restoration of political activities, saying filling up of democratic space will remain a far cry as long mainstream leaders remain under detention.
The NC leaders urged the Centre to take steps for releasing the political activists and leaders including Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. They also called for massive reach to win over the hearts and minds of the people, saying this will herald a new era of peace in Jammu and Kashmir.