Srinagar: Former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned that any attempts by “New Delhi” to “break PDP” will create “more Salahuddins and Yasin Maliks” in Kashmir, a reference to the manipulation of state elections in 1987 that led Syed Salahuddin and Yasin Malik, among many others, to turn to militancy.
Talking to reporters in Srinagar after paying homage to the martyrs of July 13, 1931, Mehbooba said: “Efforts by New Delhi to break PDP will only increase trouble in the Valley and will result in creation of more Salahuddins and Yasin Maliks.”
Reacting to Mehbooba’s statement, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Let me put this out here for all to remember NOT ONE NEW MILITANT WILL BE CREATED WITH THE BREAK UP OF THE PDP. People will not mourn the demise of a party created in Delhi only to divide the votes of Kashmiris.”
“She must really be desperate if she is threatening the centre with renewed militancy if PDP breaks up. She seems to have forgotten that militancy in Kashmir has already been reborn under her most able administration,” he added.
Ever since the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir last month, speculations are rife that the BJP is in touch with several PDP MLAs to form a new government in the state.
Several PDP leaders have voiced dissatisfaction with the party leadership and some have demanded an end to the “two-family power-sharing model” in Jammu and Kashmir.