Former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today insinuated, Terrorism may return to the valley if ruling BJP tries to ‘break’ her People Democratic Party (PDP)
In a shocking remark, that has been construed many as overreacting, she said, “If Delhi tries to dismiss the voting rights of people like 1987, if it tries to create divisions and interfere like that then I think just like a Salahuddin and a Yasin Malik were born in 1987…If it tries to break PDP like that then outcomes will be dangerous”.
#WATCH: Former J&K CM M Mufti says'Agar Dilli ne 1987 ki tarah yahan ki awam ke vote pe daaka dala, agar iss kism ki tod fod ki koshish ki,jis tarah ek Salahuddin ek Yasin Malik ne janm liya...agar Dilliwalon ne PDP ko todne ki koshish ki uski nataish bahut zyada khatarnaak hogi' pic.twitter.com/LmC7V4OwN2— ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2018
Mehbooba Mufti was referring to the beginning of militancy when Syed Salahuddin along with others chose jihad or violent armed movement to annex Jammu and Kashmir from mainland India by founding Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, now a banned terrorist organisation. Yasin Malik, now arrested, was a young rebel turned militant then who headed Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and was at the forefront of perpetrating violence against the Kashmiri Pandits who were forced out of the valley they lived in for generations.
Naturally, this comment not only went down well with her former ally BJP but also others. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi lashed out saying, “She should not have made such a statement at a time when terrorist organisations are on a back foot. Comments like this will provide oxygen to them”. Even her opponent at the state, Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah stated, “People will not mourn the demise of a party created in Delhi”. He further stated in Twitter, “not one new militant will be created with the break-up of the PDP”.
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. https://t.co/aEmQXe0YaL— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 13, 2018
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. https://t.co/aEmQXe0YaL— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 13, 2018
The comment of Mehbooba stems from the buzz that has been doing the rounds in the corridors of power in the last 1 week when BJPs point person Ram Madhav met Kashmiri leaders. Sources say, Sajjad Lones’ growing proximity with BJP was a cause for worry for Mehbooba as she feared, she could work as a bridge between the BJP and the disgruntled PDP MLAs to engineer a split. Right now Jammu and Kashmir is under Governor's rule ever since BJP decided to end its alliance with the PDP on grounds of the laters’ soft attitude to terror and law and order.
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Last Updated 13, Jul 2018, 2:10 PM