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Stop celebration of sham elections, end bloodshed in Kashmir: Altaf Bukhari.

Senior PDP leader and former finance minister Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Monday said the Central government and Governor’s administration in Jammu and Kashmir must now come out from its election-related celebratory mode and focus on ending bloodshed of innocent civilians in Kashmir.

Bukhari, who is outside the country, in a statement said, “Unfortunately the political mainstream has now been restricted to issuing statements on these innocent and unwarranted civilian killings in Kashmir. Mere condemnations and protest statements won’t do.”

He observed that time has come for the entire political spectrum in J&K to join their heads to take the state out of political quagmire which is bleeding its innocent citizens profusely.“The killing of around seven civilians at Laroo in Kulgam district the other day has become more pathetic by the government’s lame excuses which are aimed at defending its unrestrained security forces,” he said.

The PDP senior leader said that the law enforcing agencies are not learning any lessons from previous such experiences. “Such reckless killings have in the past inflamed the situation and if such type of incidents are not stopped immediately, there is every likelihood that situation in the valley can take an ugly turn,” he cautioned.

Bukhari said it is heart-wrenching to learn about such incidents almost every day. “These incidents have now become a norm of the day. I appeal all political parties in J&K irrespective of their political ideologies to come together in the larger interest of humanity and facilitate cessation of hostilities and bloodshed,” he said.

He averred that in this hour of grief, all the words of condemnation and condolence sound very hollow at this human tragedy. Expressing heartfelt condolences with the bereaved families, Bukhari prayed for peace to the departed souls and speedy recovery for those who have sustained injuries in the incident.

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