National Conference has condemned in the strongest of terms the attack on J&K Bank Branch Sumbal by PDP leader Yasir Reshi. Senior National Conference Leader, Minister for Higher Education and MLA from Sonawari Mohammad Akbar Lone has termed this attack an act of criminality, violence and harassment that has the patronization of PDP’s leadership.Mohammad Akbar Lone said that PDP while being out of power and in the opposition was using illegal, arm-twisting tricks and mechanisms to harass and torment innocents. “Vandals and hooligans associated with PDP have now adorned the garments of self-styled political leaders and have resorted to Ikhwani-style tactics of extortion. Yasir Reshi visited the J&K Bank Branch Sumbal and assaulted and abused the Branch Manager because he had refused to issue some overdraft to one of Reshi’s associated. When the Branch Manager insisted on following the set norms, Reshi assaulted him and hurled the choicest of abuses at him threatening him of dire consequences. This is a criminal act of intimidation and assault and an FIR should be filed against Yasir Reshi under the relevant sections of the penal code. His arrest would give relief to the locals and also ensure that the rule of law is upheld in the area”, Lone said.
The NC Leader and Minister for Higher Education said that PDP had a track record of patronizing goons and vandals for short-term political gains and had sickening double-standards when it comes to abuse of power. “Had a political leader belonging to any other party done this, PDP leaders especially Mehbooba Mufti would have been out on the roads demanding action be taken against him. But since Yasir Reshi is PDP’s man, the party will be conspicuously silent and unapologetic on this incident. This exposes PDP’s lack of political character”, Lone said while demanding that Yasir Reshi be arrested without any delay and his security withdrawn as a precaution so that this harassment could stop. “Government gives personal security officers to political leaders and activists to protect their lives not for them to be used to harass innocent civilians and hence Reshi’s security should be withdrawn upon his arrest”, Lone added. (KNS)