Abdullahs, Mehbooba, Lone, Bukhari condemn female teacher’s killing at Kulgam

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Srinagar, May 31: National Conference (NC) President, Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday condemned the killing of Rajni Bala, a teacher at a government School in Gopalpora, Kulgam, saying the unending targeted killings in Kashmir is a matter of grave concern.

As per a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Dr Farooq said, “I condemn the dastardly killings unreservedly and express my unison with her family. The perpetrators, who have committed this heinous act, have no religion. No religion condones violence. Nothing justifies such bloodshed.”

Describing the killing as cold blooded murder which cannot be compensated by anything, he said, “I express heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and pray to Almighty to give the bereaved family the strength to bear the loss in this hour of grief.”

Condemning the brutal killing of a school teacher, Omar said, “This is yet another targeted killing in a long list of recent attacks directed at unarmed civilians. Words of condemnation & condolence ring hollow as do the assurances of the government that they will not rest till the situation normalises. May the deceased rest in peace.”

Meanwhile, party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Party Treasurer Shammi Oberoi, Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq, Senior leader Sakina Itoo, party MP Hasnain Masoodi, Zone President Dr Bashir Veeri, State Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar, District President Kulgam Ab Majeed Bhat Larmi, YNC Provincial President Salman Ali Sagar and Minority Cell functionary Sardar JS Azad have also condemned the killings unequivocally.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet said that the targeted civilian killings are on the rise and are a deep cause of concern.

“Despite GOIs fake claims about Kashmir being normal its obvious that targeted civilian killings are on the rise & a deep cause of concern. Condemn this act of cowardice which sadly plays into the vicious anti muslim narrative spun by BJP,” Mehbooba tweeted.

Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman and former minister, Sajad Gani Lone in a tweet prayed for peace to her soul.

“Cowardice has yet again plummeted to shameless depths. A teacher- an innocent female hailing from Samba has been shot dead in Kulgam. May her soul rest in peace,” Sajad Lone tweeted.

Apni Party (AP) President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has expressed grief over the killing of Rajni Bala and termed the killing as a heinous crime.

“The targeted killing spree has created havoc and absolute insecurity among the masses. Nobody is able to understand why innocent people are being gunned down. Everyone, irrespective of his or her religious belief and political ideology is frightened in the Valley. Rajni Bala’s killing is the seventh targeted killing in Kashmir in the month of May. Earlier, six innocent people including Kashmir pandit Rahul Bhat and three off-duty policemen were killed in the same manner,” he said.

“How long will this mindless bloodshed continue here, and what would the perpetrators achieve by killing innocent people?” he asked