Kashmir:-Opposition National Conference (NC) today expressed grief over the civilian killings in Kulgam, saying Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti should introspect and acknowledge the damage caused by the government’s “anti-people” policies.

An Army man was killed during a gunbattle with militants in the Kulgam district and four civilians, including two teenagers, died in clashes between locals and forces that followed.

“It is time for PDP-BJP government and especially the chief minister to introspect and acknowledge the damage caused by their anti-people policies and actions throughout the state,” NC president Farooq Abdullah said, expressing profound grief and sorrow over the civilian killings in Kulgam.

Abdullah, Member of Parliament from Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

NC working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah has also expressed profound grief over civilian killings and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.

Omar said it was for the chief minister and her conscious to answer for her government’s continued “supervision of bloodshed and oppression in Kashmir”.

Meanwhile, NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar presided over a meeting of party leaders and legislators at NC headquarters Nawa-e Subah and expressed dismay over the “abject failure” of the chief minister.

“It is really unfortunate that civilians as young as 13-year-olds are dying and that there is no accountability for such killings,” Sagar said.

He alleged Jammu and Kashmir has suffered at every level ever since PDP-BJP government assumed office.

“Whether it is Jammu, Srinagar or any other part of the state, mayhem and chaos continues to run amok. We all are witness to the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Deaths and maiming of the worst order have now become a routine,” he said.GK