New Delhi: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, stated on Wednesday that the ‘unabated repression’ of Kashmiris will only prolong violence in the state instead of curbing it.

With Kashmir witnessing the imposition of curfew for more than seventy days, the National Conference president said that the repression seemed like an effort to punish people for the ongoing unrest in the Valley.

“Nocturnal raids, imposing slapping of Public Safety Acts indiscriminately, ransacking peoples’ homes and burning their crops and animal fodder cannot be an acceptable modus operandi of the state’s security forces in dealing with a political situation,” Abdullah said.

“Hundreds of electric transformers in rural areas have been damaged beyond repair in a clear attempt to persecute people en-masse by depriving them of essential services. People in rural areas are now trying to protect electric transformers in their areas with sand bags because security forces are firing bullets to damage them,” he added.

The son of late Farooq Abdullah was resonant with many calls for peace in Kashmir when he said, “Treating all Kashmiris as hostile combatants who deserve to be persecuted into discipline and coerced into normalcy is a validation of those voices that question the State’s sincerity in dealing with the people of Kashmir fairly, humanely and in a just manner.”

Kashmir is witnessing violent unrest after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani. More than 70 civilians have been killed since the initial protests. The situation in the Valley has also been exacerbated by the recent Uri attack where 19 Indian soldiers were killed by terrorists.

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