BJP-PDP Govt. should introspect on state of affairs in Kashmir: JD (U)

| Updated: Jul 13, 2016 20:49 IST

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): The Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday advised the BJP-PDP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir to introspect on the reasons for the present state of affairs and called for good governance in the sensitive state. Responding to a poser on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's assertion that he had voiced his concern to the government about growing unrest in the valley, but they were dismissive about his views, JD (U) leader Pawan Verma stated that this was not the time to indulge in blame game. "I'm really concerned about the present circumstances in Kashmir as well as the reasons behind these events. The BJP and PDP really need to introspect as to what role they played in the last few months that such an incident took place. There was no government there and the BJP and PDP were fighting with each other for power," Verma added. The JD (U) leader also called for good governance in the sensitive state of Jammu and Kashmir. When asked to comment on United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remark calling on all parties to exercise "maximum restraint" to avoid further violence following the recent clashes in Kashmir, Verma said the former must give this piece of advice to Pakistan. "We really respect the United Nations and Ban Ki- moon. But I think if Mr. Ban Ki- moon is talking about restraint, then he should give this advice to Pakistan. Taking note of the manner in which Pakistan has been supporting terrorism; it has now become a big question not only for South Asia, but the entire world," said Verma. "Ban Ki- moon can do a lot more being in the United Nations to ensure that Pakistan maintains restraint on this matter," he added. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sought people's support in pulling the state out of violence and bloodshed. Expressing sadness on the recent killings in the Kashmir Valley, Mufti appealed to the people not to fall prey to the machinations of those elements, who want to disturb peace in the state. Meanwhile, curfew remained in force in some parts of Kashmir Valley, including Pampore and Kupwara towns, while restrictions on movement of people were imposed in the rest of the Valley today as the death toll in clashes between protestors and security forces reached 34. (ANI)