Dr Farooq, Omar, Mehbooba grieved

Dr Farooq, Omar, Mehbooba grieved
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Srinagar, Oct 21: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah on Sunday expressed shock and deep anguish over the killing of seven civilians near a gun fight at Laroo Kulgam.
Terming the killings as highly unfortunate, Dr Farooq Abdullah said that there is an immediate need to put an end to civilian killings. “It is heart rending to learn about such incidents which have become norm of the day. The situation calls for immediate de-escalation from all sides,” he said.
Expressing heartfelt condolences with the bereaved families, Dr. Farooq Abdullah prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Omar Abdullah while expressing anguish over the killings said that little good can our words do to those who lost their loved ones. “I pray for peace to the souls of those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery for all the injured. I pray to Almighty to give courage to the families of victims to bear the loss.”
He said that seven civilian casualties in Kulgam don’t augment well for peace to return back to our state. “A whole new generation is growing in conflict and what needs to be done is to start time bound and result oriented dialogue process.”
The leaders said that it is high time for the government of India to initiate conciliatory process in order to thaw such incidents from happening. “It is cruel to serve catch-lines, and slogans to the people as conciliation, the situation is grim and demands earnest engagement with all stakeholders in the state to restore everlasting peace in our state,” they said.
PDP President and former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed profound grief and shock over the death of seven civilians and injuries to scores others at an encounter site in Kulgam Sunday.
In a statement, the PDP President appealed the Governor, S P Malik to ensure that all Standard Operating Procedures are strictly adhered to while dealing with the security situations and all the security agencies are advised to take precautions to avoid any collateral damage.
She said that she was extremely saddened by the news of Kulgam incident, where civilians were once again caught in the cross fire of violence, thus adding fuel to the already volatile situation. All words of condemnation, condolence sound very hollow at this tragedy.
Conveying her heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families, the PDP President has sought immediate release of ex gratia and other assistance in the favour of deceased civilians and aid to the injured.