Jammu and Kashmir’s main regional parties — National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party — seethed on Monday at Governor Satya Pal Malik’s remarks about their respective leaders and corruption in the State. Mr. Malik, in an interview, said that NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, both former Chief Ministers of the State, “agree privately that civilians should not pelt stones or rush to encounter sites but don’t say so publicly”.‘Owes me explanation’ “How does the Governor Malik know what I think about anything? Is he quoting a conversation I’ve had with him privately? Are my calls being monitored? Is my office or residence bugged? He owes me, if not Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba, an explanation,” Mr. Abdullah reacted on Twitter.“Let me say this publicly so that Governor Sahib is under no confusion — civilians should not throw stones & should not rush to encounter sites. I’m not saying this publicly for the first time and it won’t be the last time I’m saying this,” Mr. Abdullah added. On Mr. Malik’s statement that stone-pelters should be dealt severely under the law, Mr. Abdullah said, “We can’t treat stone-throwers as terrorists and randomly keep shooting them… Right now I’m curious to know how Governor Malik sahib knows what I think privately.”‘Defaming Kashmiris’Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar also questioned the Governor’s recent remarks on rampant corruption in Jammu and Kashmir.“The Governor’s frequent remarks end up defaming Kashmiris and vital institutions of the State and for him every Kashmiri is a thief. It is very unfortunate that he is grudging the people of Kashmir even for having a house. Going by his (Mr. Malik’s statements), it comes out that anybody who is owning a big or a small house in Kashmir has to be dishonest,” said Mr. Akhtar. He added that rather than making such sweeping statements about the entire people of Kashmir, there should be a list of such suspects, action is initiated against them, inquiry is held and those people are made to face the law.In another development, J&K Bank and the State Public Service Commission have denied allegations of corruption in the recruitments which the Governor had flagged.