‘CM’s chair crown of thorns for me, chosen by Mufti to open Delhi’s coffers for J&K’
Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday asked youth not to indulge in stone pelting every Friday, and defended her father’s decision to alliance with Sangh Parivar’s key player, the BJP.
“Our prophet Mohammad (SAW) taught us to wear clean clothes, use ittar (natural perfumes) on Friday but our elders have to think ten times whether to go to mosque on a Friday because Juma Mubarak have become ‘juma pathrav’. This is wrong. Kashmiris have to reform themselves,” Mehbooba told a public gathering here.
Mehbooba, who also asked Indian government to take “special care” of J&K, said, “Agar aap iss Kashmiri nawjawan ko ungli dikhawo gay tau woh muka dikhayee ga! Magar tum ek kadam chalo ge, ye dus kadam chalega. (If the Indian government shows a finger to Kashmiri youth, they will show you the fist. But if you walk a step towards them, they will take ten)”
She said that the decision to make the state part of India ‘was a wise one’ and the ongoing strife is only the consequence of Indian sub-continent’s partition.
“The people of state were not party to partition yet people are bearing its burnt. People were not asked weather to go Pakistan or not because of which they have been facing the problems in the state,” said Mehbbooba at a function here.
“But the decision to accede to Indian union is final and a secure one,” she added.
Lauding Indian democracy as the one which “allows people to dissent freely”, she said, “In our neighboring country (Pakistan) scores of people, children and old, are hanged every month. No one can speak against it there.”
“But here (India) a Kashmiri youth was hanged (referring to Afzal Guru), irrespective of why and how, whether right or wrong, but both Hindus and Muslims of India, academics and the media raised questions against it. This was only possible in India and nowhere else.”
Mehbooba had raised questions against Afzal Guru’s hanging in 2013. She had termed the hanging as ‘selective’ and even passed a resolution in the state assembly for his mortal remains. India government hanged Guru to ‘satisfy its collective conscience.” However then state government imposed curfew and killed three civilians when protestors defied restriction to protests against the secret hanging.
According to Hindustan times report, between 2000 and 2014, trial courts in India sentenced 1,810 people to death, of which more than 975 sentences were commuted to life imprisonment and 443 convicts were acquitted. Supreme Court upheld 73 executions, of those only three were executed, all Muslims. Guru was one of them.
Defending her father’s “unpopular decision” to cobble a coalition with BJP, she claimed that decision was taken in the larger interest of the people of the state.
“This (chief ministership) is a crown of thorns for me. The decision to go with BJP was taken not because my father wanted to become CM or make me CM but it was taken to open coffers of centre (Government of India) for development of the state,” she said.