SRINAGAR: Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah on Thursday said that Kashmiris expected an apology from the government after the killing of Anantnag trucker, Zahid Rasool Bhat, by a Hindu mob.
“The hands of those with which Mufti Mohammad Sayeed talks of accession are smeared with the blood of Muslims. After killing Zahid Rasool, the nation expected an apology from the government and resignation from the chief minister but Mufti instead encouraged the culprits by talking of accession now. It’s extremely unfortunate and shameful on his part and can be termed as adding salt to injuries of the victim’s family,” Shah said in a statement.
Terming Mufti’s statement related to accession of state as “misleading”, Shah said it shows how low one can go for the sake of remaining in power.
Shah while suggesting Mufti to revisit the history said that any statement related to accession by any individual cannot be taken as majority opinion.
Highlighting the state’s unique position as the only Muslim majority state in India, Sayeed on Wednesday had “recalled with satisfaction the farsightedness of the leaders of the state who decided to accede with India”.
“Keeping in mind the multicultural ethos of Jammu and Kashmir, the decision to go with India has proved to be the right one,” he had said.
Shah, who continues to be under house arrest, said: “Does the so-called instrument of accession have any relevance after the hanging of Shaheed Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Afzal Guru, imprisoning thousands in jails, committing tragedies like Kunan Poshpora and the resistance movement run by the people of Kashmir?”
Rejecting Mufti Sayeed’s remarks, Shah said the 18 resolutions in UN make the “instrument of accession invalid”. He suggested Mufti to revisit history and re-check the words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to know that the” accession of which he is taking about is rubbished by the people of Kashmir through their invaluable sacrifices”.