SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom leadership on Wednesday slammed chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for her remarks on militants and asked her to “introspect”, blaming her and other pro-India politicians for the prevailing situation in the valley.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani, who addressed people attending the funeral of militant Tauseef Ahmad Wagay in Kulgam and three youths shot dead by forces in Chadoora, said “pro-India parties work for Indian interests and strengthen the occupation”.
Geelani said, “It is quite strange that on one hand they are killing our youth and on the other hand they are desperate to enact the election drama for their petty gains.”
“Unless people stay away from elections the mayhem and bloodshed will continue,” he added.
Accusing these politicians of shedding “crocodile tears and playing deceit”, he said, “They are not sincere otherwise they would have disassociated from pro-India politics.”
Hurriyat chairman said New Delhi has “lost its battle and through its henchmen is carrying out its game plan”.
“These politicians are worthless and don’t deserve our vote and support. Jail is the better place for them as they are involved in scandals like corruption, sex rackets, and embezzlements. As soon as they achieve power they promote liquor trade, narcotics and immodesty,” he said.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) in a statement said that PDP-led administration has “surpassed all limits”. He criticised the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for her remarks asking militants to surrender. “This is ridiculous. All these youths are striving for a noble cause. She (Mehbooba) is responsible for continuous bloodshed in the state and it is because of the callous and egoistic approach of rulers that youth opted for armed struggle.”
“Mehbooba should have instead advised Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh about the ground realities of Kashmir. New Delhi and its local henchmen including Mehbooba Mufti are responsible for the prevailing situations in the state,” the spokesman said.
In a statement, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to be under house arrest, said, “We don’t know how long we have to fill our graveyards with the bodies of our children and youth killed mercilessly to consolidate the occupation.”
Commenting on Mehbooba’s statement, Mirwaiz said one fails to make sense of Mufti’s statement and expression of “grief” over the killing when, as the “so-called CM of the disputed territory she is completely responsible for the killings”.
“By such utterances she is deceiving none but herself. No one buys her senseless and contradictory statements, even her own party colleague has admitted that it was a targetted killing,” he said.
Mirwaiz said youth, in the course of “their deep desire to end oppression”, become the direct target of the state. “Does she (Mufti) not hear the chants of freedom slogans of hundreds and thousands of people while attending the funeral prayers of the martyrs? Does she really believe that a small but defiant nation can be discouraged into pragmatism of cowardice and subjugation by her utterances? Has she no knowledge of history?”
Mirwaiz also appealed to youth to “take care of yourselves as you are the strength and greatest resource of the nation”.
In a statement, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said “the so-called chief minister who issues orders to forces and police cannot become a judge by shedding crocodile tears”.
“By accusing the oppressed instead of stopping her killer forces, she (Mehbooba) has crossed every limit of political decency,” Malik said, adding that Mufti being the “so-called” chief minister and home minister is “responsible for issuing orders to killer forces and police”.
“Mehbooba, for the lust of power, has lost every bit of humanity and political decency. She should introspect,” he said.
Asking people to remain vigilant and “recognise the oppressors”, JKLF chairman said, “The so-called Indian elections only strengthen the occupation and the hands of oppressors. We as a living nation should stay away from any kind of participation in these farce elections.”