PDP’s Job Is To Disrupt Peace In Valley: Farooq3 August 2011
Srinagar: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and ruling National Conference President Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said Sopore custodial killing issue was being projected in a way to give notion that Kashmir was burning yet again. “It is not as if whole of Kashmir is burning. Normal life is going on in the Valley. Many of our political opponents want whole of Kashmir to burn and are projecting Sopore incident as if entire Kashmir is burning,” Farooq told reporters on sidelines of Kashmir Premier League Final at Delhi Public School, Panthachowk, on the city outskirts here. He said nobody wants things like Sopore incident to occur but such things take place. “Those, who have committed the crime, have to bear the consequences. The government has taken steps to identify the culprits and punish them. The investigations are going on and government has already suspended some police officials and transferred SP Sopore. Efforts are on to stop such incidents in future,” he said. Farooq said the transfer of SP was ordered to conduct thorough and fair inquiry into the custodial death of youth. On People’s Democratic Party claim that government was killing innocent people and imposing curbs on movement of mainstream leaders, NC president said the job of PDP is to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere. “They don’t want poor should eat and live peacefully. This has been their job since day one,” he said. On PDP legislators’ visit to Sopore, he said they (PDP) would be in a better position to say what they achieved and what they lost by going to Sopore. “I didn’t go there, so I can’t say anything.” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had recently said that exemplary punishment would be given to the guilty personnel to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future. 26-year-old Nazim Rashid Shalla died in police custody on July 31. He was picked up by police a day earlier. His killing triggered massive protests in Sopore and resentment from the separatist camp.