While expressing serious concern and resentment over the assault at a group of journalists who were carrying out their professional duties at Hyderpora, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) chairman and MLA Khan Sahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin Saturday termed the attack as sheer frustration of PDP-led government.
In a statement issued, he said, “When they (PDP) were in opposition they would claim that they stand for the freedom of expression. Now when the same PDP is in the government, they are trying to muzzle the voices of people and not even sparing the media persons.”
The PDF chief also condemned the government’s decision not to allow the separatists to hold a press conference. “The government has kept the Hurriyat leaders under detention or house arrest for the last several months. Did it work? In fact such steps add fuel to the fire.”
Demanding strict action against the policemen involved in the assault on media persons, he said, “It is the right time for the government to take action against the erring policemen so that such incidents aren’t repeated in future. The government should also release all the separatists leaders and allow them to carry on peaceful activates.”
Asking both the State and the Central Governments to initiate a time-bound and unconditional internal as well as external dialogue immediately to solve the vexed Kashmir problem, the PDF chief said, “On internal front, New Delhi should start an unconditional and meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders in Kashmir including separatists without any further delay. On the external front, a sustainable dialogue with Pakistan is a must.”—RK