Policy To Punish Relatives Of Militants Against Natural Justice: Omar Abdullah

SRINAGAR — National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah on Monday said that his party would not support any policy to punish relatives of militants as it is against natural justice.

He said that no militant was given government jobs by the previous Jammu and Kashmir dispensation.

The Former Chief Minister said, No militant was given a (government) job but we did not punish people because they were relatives of militants. Is it fair for me to punish you for the crime committed by your father or a son? Tomorrow, if God forbid a close relative of (Lt Governor) Manoj Sinha Sahab commits a crime, should he be sent to jail?

He said, Natural justice is not that relatives are punished for the crimes of someone else. Nobody is advocating that hardcore militants should be given government jobs but it is also wrong to punish somebody just because they have the misfortune of being related to a militant.

This is not the way to win the hearts and minds of the people. This is not something we will ever support, he said.

Omar Abdullah said this while responding to a question on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha’s recent allegations that previous governments in Jammu and Kashmir provided jobs to militants and their families and facilitated one lakh backdoor appointments.

I am not going into a war of words… If for lakhs of appointments, all you can find is a list of 47 then that is next to nothing, Omar Abdullah said on Manoj Sinha’s statement that 47 employees were dismissed for anti-national activities.

The Former Chief Minister also accused the Jammu and Kashmir administration of playing with the future of job aspirants by engaging a tainted company to conduct recruitment examinations.

We want an inquiry how APTECH, which is blacklisted across the country, was given a contract and where the scams had taken place, he said.

We heard the contract was cancelled but the youth are still not happy. You (LG) need to reassure the youth, the former chief minister said, alleging that the Jammu and Kashmir administration is not making any attempt to resolve the issues of the people.

Blacklisted companies are brought here but honest and efficient contractors are subjected to harassment. Attempts should be made to give contracts to those who are honest and who can work without giving or taking a commission. The extra-ordinary use of police against civilians is bad, he said. — (PTI)

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