Situation in Kashmir at ‘its worst’, Congress hits out at PDP-BJP govt

Ghulam Nabi Azad

New Delhi, Feb 7: The Congress on Wednesday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is “at its worst” as it blamed the escape of a Pakistani LeT terrorist from Srinagar hospital as a “failure” of the BJP-PDP government.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad stated the escape of Naveed Jat alias Abu Hunzullah from the S.M.H.S hospital on Tuesday, “doesn’t reflect good” on the state or the nation.

“I have been reiterating that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is its worst.

“On Tuesday a Pakistani LeT terrorist escaped when he was being taken to the S.M.H.S hospital for a medical check up from Srinagar Central Jail in the morning,” he asserted.

Terming Hunzullah’s escape “the first such incident in last 20 years, Azad said: “Such instances used to happen in 1990s.”

“There was mistake on part of the state government because such a terrorist was being taken to hospital without proper security arrangements,” Azad said.

The Congress leader stated “He could have been taken to an Army hospital. Why was he taken to S.M.H.S (Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital)”.

The former Chief Minister calling the incident as “unfortunate”, demanded a full-fledged discussion over the security situation in the valley.

Azad urged the government to remain alert while dealing with such situation, saying such incidents should not be repeated in future.

In the audacious attack on Tuesday, militants attired in pherans helped the Pakistani terrorist escape by firing at the police party escorting him to the hospital, leaving two policemen martyred.

Hunzullah escaped when the waiting terrorists fired at the police party outside the hospital.


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