'PDP Is Trying To Score Political Points Over Human Tragedies'10 August 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government has lashed out at People's Democratic Party (PDP) saying the opposition party was 'unnerved' by this year's peaceful summer and was trying to score political points over human tragedies. “In its frustration, PDP is trying to score brownie political points by raking up controversies on human tragedies,” Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani said in a statement here. The death of a youth in police custody in north Kashmir's Sopore town and fake encounter in Surankote area of Jammu region are 'sad incidents' and highly condemnable, he said. Opposition PDP had yesterday accused the Omar Abdullah-led government of making low-ranked security personnel scapegoats in Sopore custodial death and Surankote fake encounter cases and sought an in-depth probe into these two incidents. Criticising the NC-led government, Mufti had said the Chief Minister's reaction to rising human rights violations were not befitting him and alleged the present coalition government was taking the state back to the situation of 2002. Wani said Mehbooba should refrain from giving sermons on human rights because the track record of the PDP-led government from 2002 to 2005 in this regard was dismal. He said during the three years of PDP rule there were 25 custodial killings and 18 custodial disappearances. The minister said government has spared no effort in identifying the culprits, expose them and book them under relevant laws. “All this was done in the most transparent and professional manner and the men in uniform have been given a strong message that the government is not ready to tolerate any incident of Human Right violation,” Wani said. The Minister said the incidents of Human Rights violations have to be prevented and the government is taking all preventive steps in this regard.