Jammu & Kashmir National Conference on Thursday condemned and termed the Army Chief’s statement of using strike drones in Kashmir as sad and unwarranted.
Party’s provincial Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said, “It’s tragic that Army chief had to issue such a statement which tantamount to declaring war against our own people. After what we witnessed during Operation All Out, this new threat of using drone strikes is something that can inflict massive losses, both human as well as economic, on our people.”
“In these three decades, our state has witnessed enough mayhem, bloodshed and chaos. It is in this backdrop that we continue to ask for de-escalation from all sides. Even helicopters were never used in anti-militancy operations but the reference towards using strike drones is not only dangerous and terrifying but can have serious repercussions on the political landscape of the valley,” he said.
Asking the Army chief to review his statement, Imran said, “With such open threats is Army chief trying to reduce situation in J&K to that of Afghanistan and FATA region of Pakistan?”
“It is statements like these which increase the trust deficit among people here. There can be no justification for such use of force in Kashmir considering how civilians have suffered in the last three decades.
“Thankfully the political leadership of the country has always been sensible and its them who have a final say in a thriving democracy. Its therefore incumbent, upon the leadership to openly come out and censure Army chief’s statement of using strike drones in Kashmir,” he said adding, “On the contrary, the government must approach and engage with the youth of the state politically. This is the only way out of the mess we find ourselves in. Using more force was and will never be an answer to a protracted conflict like ours.”