Kashmir situation due to govt`s `heartless response`: PDP

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today alleged that the present situation in the Valley is a result of a "heartless response" on part of the government and a "neglect" of people`s political urges.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2010, 21:13 PM IST

Srinagar: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) today alleged that the present situation in the Valley
is a result of a "heartless response" on part of the
government and a "neglect" of people`s political urges.

"I feel this is the direct result of a callous attitude
of apathy towards the basic political urges and aspirations of
the people, unabated human rights violations and a heartless
response to them apart from inept administrative handling,"
PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said in a statement here.
He said the present situation was a result of a "long
drift and a contemptuous neglect" of the people. "It did not
arise overnight and the youth of Kashmir were not para-dropped
on the streets to raise slogans and stage protests."

Sayeed said the Kashmir cauldron has been simmering for
long and during the past three years the people here gave
enough indications of their anger and discontent, be it in the
summer of 2008, 2009 or earlier this year.

Even while they gave a chance for democracy to play
itself out unfortunately signals were either ignored or
responded to with an insulting behaviour by the state and the
centre which unfortunately was guided by the more hawkish
elements in the establishment, he said.

The PDP patron said it was sad that the Government of
India seemed "to have run out of ideas and thinking
capabilities at the Centre, seem to have reached a dead end."

Pleading for a "non-military" approach, he said
unfortunately the authorities were taking recourse to more
force rather than reducing the dependence of the state on "its
military might".

"Such high-handed measures would only fuel rage and
alienation," he said, adding that the democratic polity of
India must respond to this challenge before "the political and
humanitarian crisis" in Kashmir "degenerates into a
catastrophe."

-PTI