Jammu: The opposition National Conference (NC) on Tuesday said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s act of running away from the Legislative Assembly’s discussion on the 2016 killings was shameful and went on to prove her complicity in the unprecedented repression unleashed in Kashmir.
In a statement NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the Chief Minister should have been present for the entire duration of the discussion on the recent unrest in which precious young lives were lost. “If she had any pressing official engagements in the Valley, she could have flown in the morning and prioritized this discussion over her penchant for photo-ops and foundation stones. It is unfortunate that the chief minister remains brazen, arrogant and unrepentant despite lording over a brutal massacre of our youth”, Mattu said.
Reacting to Mufti’s statement that NC was responsible for the political unrest in J&K, the spokesman asked her to go through the state’s history before trying to base her arguments. “The genesis of militancy in Kashmir lies in Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s brutal and anti-Kashmir tenure as the Home Minister of the country. It was late Mufti Sahab who brought AFSPA to Kashmir, gave us one misery after another through Jagmohan and left no stone unturned to erode and circumvent the State’s special status throughout his long and distinguished political career in various political parties and as a Minister in various dispensations”, the spokesperson said.
The NC Spokesperson said Mehbooba Mufti should also be reminded of Mufti Sahab’s infamous Operation ‘Catch and Kill’ and his infamous subtle directions to security forces and police to not overcrowd the jails in the State and try to neutralize militants – locals included – at every given opportunity. “These too are dark, painful historical facts. Had it not been for Mufti Sahab’s role in 1989 as the Union Home Minister – Kashmir wouldn’t have witnessed brutal, blood soaked massacres like Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Bijbehara. Were the hundreds of Kashmiris killed on those massacres not worthy of being mentioned in the recollection of the State’s history – something Mehbooba Mufti has lately shown the audacity to do? We all know there would have been no armed turmoil in the State had it not been for Mufti Sahab’s infamous partnership with Jagmohan”, the statement added.