Srinagar: National Conference Wednesday demanded that Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed be put on trial for his role as the Home Minister of India in various massacres in Kashmir.
“Today, officially as the spokesperson of National Conference, I’m demanding that Mufti Mohammad Sayed stands trial in the court for his involvement in Gaw Kadal, Bijbehara, Hawal and Kupwara massacres. It is time the present Chief Minister of J&K is seen in court of law facing trial for his involvement in bloodshed as ex Home Minister of India,” NC spokesman, Junaid Azim Mattu told a news conference at the Nawai Subah party headquarters Wednesday.
“Mufti Sahab’s role in these massacres was as ex Home Minister of India. This trial, by jurisdiction should come at a central level. You are not trying a Minister of state but role of an ex-Home Minister of India. Now is the time for him to stand for a trial in those massacres, if he has nothing to be scared of,” he said.
Mattu said that Mufti as a cabinet minister in Sadiq government was instrumental in eroding Article 370, and later on becoming Home Minister of India brought Jagmohan as the governor of the state and imposed AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir.
“And in a short period of three to four months, thousands of innocent fatalities happened. When he was poster boy of Congress in state, was Article 370 not an issue then? Mufti Sahab was publicly saying that article 370 should be removed,” he said.
“AFSPA was brought to state by ex-Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed. This fact has a legal basis and has been discussed repeatedly in assembly and parliament,” he added.
Referring to the Hizb ceasefire in early 2000, Mattu said that all the militant commanders, who had called for unilateral ceasefire and were in talks, were eliminated inside their homes by the Mufti Sayed government.
“Why didn’t Mufti Sayed remember reconciliation then? It is a very convenient for him to stay quiet when they are killed and to create a hue and cry when he wants reconciliation
“Also, let us remind Mufti Mohammad Sayed of his treatment to the Hurriyat leaders. How they were paraded, semi-naked on the tarmac and sent to Jodhpur. There is a difference between what Mufti Sayed is about and what the perception engineering machinery is trying to create. And the sole purpose is to divert attention from the hollow common minimum programme,”
However, Mattu said that his party was not averse to reconciliation between all the stake holders, including Pakistan.
Lashing out at PDP chief spokesman, Nayeem Akhter, who had sought trial of Omar Abdullah over 2010 killings, NC spokesman said that PDP patron had a very “dark history himself and that NC knows how to expose that history.”