Political parties, separatists and militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir were united on Friday in rejecting former RAW chief AS Dulat’s assertions on them after he spoke on a TV programme about the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government’s approach towards various outfits in the Muslim-majority state.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed Dulat’s statements about its president Mehbooba Mufti’s links with militants, saying she did not need a certificate on nationalism.
“When people retire they can say anything. Besides, Mr Dulat has his own ambitions,” said PDP leader Wahid-ur-Rehman Parra. “The person who is democratically elected with 65% mandate does not need such certificates.”
Dulat’s interview to India Today on Thursday triggered a political storm, with both national and regional parties trading charges over the disclosures made by the retired spy who was a special adviser on Kashmir to the Prime Minister’s Office when Vajpayee occupied it.
“We outrightly reject Dulat’s contention,” the moderate faction of the separatist Hurriyat group said in a statement, reacting to Dulat’s contention that its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq could have been made to join mainstream politics. “The sole aim of Hurriyat is to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of people.”
The National Conference (NC), the principal opposition party in J-K, called Dulat’s statement that its chief, Farooq Abdullah, was offered the vice-president’s post by the Vajpayee government an “open secret”, but refused to comment further.
“Whatever Mr Dulat has said is referring to some conversation he has had with people. We can't react to it. Farooq sahib is out of the country. He may choose to react after he comes back to the Valley,” party spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said. “It’s an open secret that the offer was made.”
United Jehad Council (UJC) chairman Syed Salahuddin’s son, who is a doctor with a leading Srinagar hospital in Srinagar, rejected Dulat’s remark that his admission in a medical college was facilitated by an IB officer who was called up by his father.
“Dulat’s allegations are distortions of the true story, floated to malign my father’s image,” he told HT. “There is not an iota of truth in these allegations that my father called up anyone in the government.”