Those trying to harm Rohingyas will be treated severely: CM

Says PDP only party based on principles
Shafat Mir
Anantnag: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said anyone who tries to harm Rohingyas in Jammu will be dealt severely as per law.
She was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a Workers Convention at Anantnag’s Dak Bungalow.
“Anyone who tries to threaten (Rohingyas) or take law into their hands will be dealt severely no matter who they are,” Mehbooba said when asked about Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries’ threat to “identify and kill” Rohingyas.
Addressing her party workers, she said, it is our supporters who have kept the democracy alive despite all odds.
“It is you who fought all the dangers by coming out to vote. There was a time when the militancy was at its peak but the voters defied all that to keep the democracy alive. Today there are some 200 militants active in the valley against whom seven lakh forces are fighting. Guns have always brought destruction and nothing else. It is the voters who are making the administration answerable by choosing their governments,” said Mehbooba.
Terming the PDP as a party based on principles, Mehbooba said it were the principles of the party on the basis of which it came to power in 2002 and in 2015.
She asked the workers to look at the party’s Basic Declaration and compare it with the points of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of 2002 and with the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) of 2015. She said it was the Basic Declaration which was incorporated into these alliance agreements.
She said this was what made her party different from other political parties. “As a contrast, whenever coalition governments were formed in the state by other political parties, no terms of reference were set and no written agreements were made,” she said, quoting the examples of Rajiv-Farooq Accord of 1986, Omar-Rahul Accord of 2008, and NC joining BJP at the Centre in 1999.
“Not even formal discussions were held,” she told the workers.
The CM said dialogue and development had been the cornerstone of her party’s agenda and it would be pursued without any deviation. “Because, we have seen, it is only with dialogue and discourse, coupled with good governance, that we can heal the wounds of the state,” she said.
PDP spokesperson Mehboob Beg, while calling Sheikh Abdullah a great leader, said he was mistaken when he handed over the party command to his son Farooq Abdullah, who is “better off as an entertainer than a political leader”.
“Lakhs of people sacrificed and devoted themselves after Sheikh Abdullah but he couldn’t choose a single person as party leader other than his entertainer son. Farooq is a good dancer and after losing from Srinagar this time he can try his luck in the film industry in Mumbai,” said Beg.