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Former CMs, ex-Ministers, Cong, Tarigami condemn BJP leader’s killing

Srinagar: Various political leaders including the former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday condemned the killing of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

National Conference (NC) President, Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah and party’s Vice President Omar Abdullah condemned the killing of BJP councilor Rakesh Pandita, who was killed by unidentified gunmen the other day.

In his message, Dr Farooq said, “The news of killing of BJP leader and Municipal Councilor from Tral has saddened me. I condemn the incident in unequivocal terms and share in the grief of the bereaved family. I pray for peace to the departed. I share the grief of the bereaved family and express my solidarity with them at this difficult time. The incidents raise a question mark on the overhaul security situation in JK,” he said.

Party Vice President, Omar Abdullah, “BJP councilor Rakesh Pandita joins a long list of mainstream politicians targeted and assassinated in Kashmir because of their association with electoral politics. I unequivocally condemn this attack and convey my heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace,’ he said.

Among others Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, and Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar have also condemned the incident. The functionaries have expressed solidarity with the bereaved family, and prayed for peace to departed soul.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet, extended condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the peace to the departed soul.

“Shocked to hear that BJP leader Rakesh Pandit has been shot dead by militants. These senseless acts of violence have brought only misery to J&K. My condolences to the family & may his soul rest in peace,” Mehbooba tweeted.

Former minister and Peoples Conference (PC) chairman Sajad Gani Lone in a tweet said that this gun is a curse as another non-combatant has been killed by the gunmen.

“Yet again gunmen attack a non combatant. This gun is a curse. Just ponder. Since the day this menace came into Kashmir. What have we seen. In a nut shell total disempowerment of the Kashmiri. Dear gunmen. Can u please go back where u came from. We have had enough,” Lone tweeted.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) strongly condemned the killing of a BJP Councilor, terming the incident as very unfortunate and shocking.

JKPCC in a statement has described the killing of Rakesh Pandita as a highly condemnable, heinous act and said the killing of political workers and common people were unacceptable in a civilized society, and deserve strong condemnation from every section of society.

The party mourned the loss of a BJP councilor and conveyed deepest condolences to family and friends of the deceased and also prayed for eternal peace departed soul.

The party also demanded stern action against the killers of Rakesh Pandita and ex-gratia to the family of the deceased and urged the government to ensure protection to political persons in J&K.

CPI (M) leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami also condemned the killing of unarmed political activist Rakesh Pandit in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and said that violence in any form is condemnable.

Terming the incident as most unfortunate he said that there is no justification to kill any unarmed person. There is an urgent need to put an end to civilian killings. CPI (M) expressed deep sympathy with the bereaved family.

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