We should have resigned over Afzal’s hanging, says NC’s Mehboob Beg

Moazum Mohammad
Srinagar: Senior ruling National Conference leader and former Member Parliament Mehboob Beg Tuesday has said that Omar Abdullah government should have resigned over the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail last year.
In an exclusive interview to Kashmir Reader, Beg said that the May 16 result of the Parliamentary polls has made it evident that people were angry against NC.
“We should have resigned (over Afzal’s hanging). People wanted us to have done something bigger. Farooq Sahib was in the Union government and we were heading state government as well. At least a message would have gone across and we could have identified ourselves with our own people. We should have been seen taking their sides rather the side of government of India,” said Beg.
He said Kashmir-based parties including pro-freedom groups should forge an alliance and evolve a consensus to fight for Kashmiri interests.
“As a Kashmiri, both (pro-freedom) and (pro-India groups) have to develop and evolve a consensus on many things if Kashmiri interests are dearer to us. We have to evolve a common minimum program on restoration of Autonomy, taking back all power projects from NHPC, seeking compensation on Indus-Water Treaty,” he added.
The ruling NC, he said, should take drastic measures to revamp the party ahead of the polls as party workers were not happy.
“There is need for a major revamp at all levels. Putting (Ali Mohammad) Sagar as general secretary is alright, but it alone won’t help. It’s not the only thing to save the party. We are in crisis. For that we will have to make major changes from top-to-toe,” said the former MP.
Full text of the interview on Oped