Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) on Monday said that Syed Ali Geelani’s double standards stood exposed in his silence over Pakistan Prime Minister’s statement that independence was not an option for Kashmir, while at the same time outraging over a similar statement made by NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah.
Talking to reporters at the NC head office, ‘Nawa-e-Subha’, in Srinagar, party general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that Geelani should introspect and shun a purely personal political agenda that was based on distortion and prejudice.
Sagar asked Geelani to explain to people why he couldn’t muster the courage to criticise the remarks made by the Pakistan prime minister. “What politics of hypocrisy is this? Geelani sahab couldn’t say a single word about the Pak prime minister’s remarks that an independent Kashmir is not a possibility, but expressed selective outrage when Dr Farooq Abdullah expressed his views on this issue keeping in view the ground-realities,” he said.
“Time bears testimony to the fact that National Conference is the only political institution that has consistently and bravely fought to safeguard the State’s political identity and honour. Even today it is the National Conference alone which is standing between various intrigues against the State’s special status and the rights of the people. This role will be noted in history and no amount of selective press statements and distortion of truth will change it,” Sagar said.
Ridiculing the allegations levelled against the party by PDP leader Sartaj Madni, the NC general secretary said it was PDP’s “chronic trait to divert public attention from its failures and scandals.”
“This PDP propaganda that National Conference talks about restoration of Autonomy only while in the opposition is a baseless and false argument that has no legs to stand on. Let me remind Sartaj Madni and PDP that when the Autonomy Report was finalised and the Autonomy Resolution tabled in the Assembly, and passed with two-thirds majority – it was National Conference which was in power,” Sagar said.
“PDP was formed by various intelligence agencies as their proxy soon after the Autonomy Resolution was passed by the Assembly. It was these covert agencies who created the ‘Self Rule’ document and advocated it through PDP to divert attention from the Autonomy Resolution in an elaborate ruse,” Sagar said, and added: “Let me remind PDP that in 1977 when Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah mounted pressure on New Delhi to restore the pre-1952 position as per the promises and assurances of the leadership of the country, it was late PDP founder Mufti Muhammad Sayeed who withdrew support from his government as the then Congress State President and vehemently opposed the restoration of the pre-1952 position. Who sabotaged the democratically elected Government in 1984 under a conspiracy to disempower the people of Kashmir? Who was instrumental in getting Jagmohan to J&K in 1990 to facilitate his mission of unearthing mayhem and genocide on the people? There is a limit to shamelessness but it seems that for PDP no such limit exists.”
Sagar lambasted the PDP’s alliance with the BJP. He said, “On the one hand the PDP rose to power by opposing the BJP, and on the other hand this party is in a shameful alliance with those divisive and communal powers who have always advocated the abolishing of J&K’s special status and believe in fragmenting this state and its people to reap political dividends. PDP should introspect rather than issue baseless and shameless statements to divert public attention from its sell-out.”