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J&K guv dismisses criticism of his 'political' remarks

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

has dismissed the criticism by the PDP and the NC over his "political" statements, saying he was presenting the viewpoint of the "President's government in New Delhi".

Last week, Malik rejected Peoples (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti's demand for action against an accused of torturing and threatening a civilian, saying she didn't need to be taken seriously and he stood by the security forces.

Objecting to his remarks, the PDP and the National Conference had accused the of "taking sides brazenly" and "unnecessary interference in politics" respectively.

"Is the Governor's House only meant for playing golf all the time? The Governor's House is the of the and there is President's government in I represent that government and I have to put forth its viewpoint," Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Reasi district's Katra township on Saturday.

"If you abuse the (central) government on a daily basis, somebody has to reply. I am doing only that. I am not only the but the minister as well," he said.

On February 5, Mufti had demanded that the governor and the to take action against one Shukla, who allegedly tortured a Pulwama resident, Tauseef Wani, at the of the force and threatened to kill him in an encounter.

Malik responded the next day, saying he would not allow such statements to demoralise the security forces. He alleged the PDP chief's demand was aimed at gaining public support ahead of the upcoming state assembly elections.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 16:45 IST