Govt refuses to answer any question over present uproar

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday refused to answer questions by journalists regarding present uproar in Kashmir valley.

Atleast 16 civilians were killed in two days during violent protests against top militant commander Burhan Wani’s killing in an encounter on Friday.

Government spokesperson and education minister Naeem Akhtar called a press conference in Srinagar this afternoon where he briefed media about the present situation in Kashmir but refused to take any question.

After a senior journalist asked the minister if the ruling government would resign as it had asked for Omar Abdullah’s resignation during 2010 turmoil, Akhtar said, “I am not answering any questions. Thank you.”

Some journalists followed the minister and asked him many questions but he stayed silent.

The minister earlier said young civilians were resorting to violence, attacking security establishments and were becoming victims of retaliatory action. He said that the government had asked its forces to try not to make any collateral damage.

The minister said that kids ‘do not know why they pelt stones’ and the government was ‘trying its best’ to not harm them. “Law agencies are forced to use weapons when people attack security establishments,” he said.

Akhtar asked people to not take the protest to the level where government forces are forced to use their weapons.

Moreover, the state cabinet appealed for peace in Kashmir region. Akhtar, on behalf of the cabinet, appealed to all political stakeholders – including separatist group Hurriyat Conference – to bring back normalcy in the region as soon as possible.

Asked if the government had ordered an enquiry into the incidents, he said, “The government is looking into that.”