Srinagar, June 25, (Scoop News)- Lashing out at PDP President Mehbooba Mufti for playing with the future of youth through baseless and distorted remarks in her Press Conference in Srinagar yesterday, NC Spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu has said that Mehbooba Mufti’s wild statements about Al-Qaeda in J&K was nothing but an engineered propaganda to reinforce AFSPA in the State and thwart its possible revocation. “This is yet another attempt to raise the bogey of post withdrawal Taliban influence in the State and invent an Al-Qaeda ghosts were none exists only to strengthen the roots of AFSPA”, Mattu said.
Stating that PDP was an epitome of double standards, the NC Spokesman said that it was none other than Mehbooba Mufti’s father, Mufti Mohamamd Sayeed who forced thousands of educated youth from the valley to pick up the gun in the face of unimaginable repression while he was the Home Minister of India. “Where was Mehbooba’s concern for educated youth when Mufti Sayeed pushed doctors and engineers against the wall as the Home Minister of India and made them resort to armed militancy? Has Mehbooba forgotten how Mufti Sayeed created some of the most notorious interrogation chambers in Kashmir – including one in which he now stays perhaps for a sadistic catharsis”, Junaid Mattu said.
Calling Mehbooba Mufti’s utterances as ironic and shameless, Junaid Mattu said that it was a fact that incidents of militancy related violence during the Omar Abdullah government’s tenure had come down by 71% as compared to the record of the PDP government. “This achievement is solely a result of Omar Abdullah’s historic efforts at rehabilitation and reconciliation of alienated youth through various landmark policies. As opposed to this, PDP during Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s tenure as the Chief Minister gave rise to alienation among the youth through custodial killings, repressive policing and suffocation of public expression – a fact noted and highlighted in reports by various Human Rights watchdogs and forums”, Mattu said.
Junaid Mattu said that Mehbooba Mufti’s audacity to talk with such casual contempt about the Commission of Inquiry into the 2010 killings speaks volumes about PDP’s insensitivity towards the loss of young lives in the State and their lack of seriousness in pursuing justice. “Where is the Commission of Inquiry into the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s role in the Gaw Kadal, Handwara, Bijbehera and Hawal massacres? Where is the Commission of Inquiry to probe Mufti Sayeed’s role in the assassination of Shaheed Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq? Where is the Commission of Inquiry to probe the targeted killings of top militant commanders during negotiations and cease-fire during Mufti Sayeed’s rule as Chief Minister? Where is the Commission of Inquiry to probe around 132 custodial killings during Mufti Sayeed’s tenure as Chief Minister?”, Mattu asked Mehbooba Mufti to answer.
The NC Spokesman also said that Mehbooba Mufti’s high moral-talk about ration availability and distribution was highly ironic given that PDP had admitted into its ranks a former Food and Supplies Department employee who is accused of enormous, shocking ration thefts and embezzlement of ration meant for poor and needy consumers in the State. “PDP admits a specialist who swapped A-grade ration with C-grade ration to make millions in ill-gotten money into its party fold and then pontificates on ration distribution. Nothing could be more ironic and hypocritical than this”, the NC Spokesman added.
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