Govt pathetically helpless in safeguarding people's life, dignity: Mufti

19 March 2009
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said the State Government under the present coalition looks pathetically helpless in safeguarding life and dignity of people. 'They have proved totally unequal to the task', he told a meeting of the party workers from Jammu district here today. Strongly condemning the unabated and brazen killing of innocent citizens, Mufti said the Government is either incompetent to deal with the situation or has deliberately unleashed security forces on the people to recreate the pre-2002 atmosphere of terror and insecurity. He said NC had historically been a beneficiary of unsettled conditions in the State and it seems the party is again creating a fear psychosis ahead of the Lok Sabha polls to reap the benefits of low voter turn-out. Mufti said the streak of killings in the State have started damaging the atmosphere of reconciliation that the PDP had painstakingly built over the past six years. He said loss of life, the latest being the murder of a carpenter at Khaigam Pulwama, is only the more cruel aspect of human rights violations by the State apparatus and added that the incidents of public humiliation by security forces day in and day out are no less condemnable. 'The incident at Karan Nagar in which respectable citizens were beaten up on a flimsy ground cannot be tolerated in any decent society', he said The PDP patron said Omar Abdullah's Government was defined by incompetence on governance front as well. The Government, he said, was trying to run itself without any program, which is not possible. He said while the Government had reneged on all its pre poll promises, it wanted to escape future accountability by refusing to frame or divulge its coalition agenda. Apparently, power seems to be the only ideology they follow, he said. PDP leaders Murtaza Khan, Dhaman Bhasin, Ved Mahajan, T S Bajwa, Shanti Devi, Manjeet Singh, Sayeed Asghar Hussain, Surjeet Kaur and Advocate A K Sawhney were present.