Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar expressed their anguish and dismay over the statement of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti wherein she has hailed the removal of Hosni Mubarak and imposition of Army rule in Egypt.
Both Rather and Sagar said, “It is unfortunate that the leader of a political party Mehbooba Mufti is linking the 2010 agitation with the Egypt agitation and wants the democracy to take a back seat and the Army to take over. PDP and its leadership should come out clear in the matter and clarify as to whether they want the Army to take over J&K and the democracy to be shelved.”
The two senior National Conference leaders said that it is sad that while all right thinking people in Jammu and Kashmir want to strengthen the democracy in the state, work towards bringing peace in the state and are desirous of reducing the footprint of the security forces in the civilian areas, Mehbooba Mufti is desirous of an Army rule.
They said, “The statement of Ms Mehbooba smacks of sheer frustration and desperation because her lust for power has so enormously overwhelmed her that she mindlessly wants the people of J&K to somehow replace the present dispensation even if it is at the cost of handing over the state to the Army.”
Rather and Sagar said that PDP and its leadership have always indulged in double speak and deceitful methods to grab power by bartering the interests of the people of J&K and thwarting the process of democracy in their selfish motive of somehow getting hold of power in the state. “Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was responsible for the murder of democracy in 1984 in the state and then the massacre of innocent people in 1990 when mourners in the Mirwaiz’s procession were showered bullets at the instance of Jagmohan a tyrant who had the tactical support of the then union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,” they alleged.
Both ministers said, “The killing of the five Hizbul Commanders who were in the process of a dialogue with the Government of India to find a solution during the Chief Ministership of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed are instances to prove that PDP and its leadership can go to any extent for the sake of being in power.”
They said, “Mehbooba’s statement clearly amplifies her lack of concern for the welfare and the sentiments of the people of Kashmir and her sole objective is to somehow get the Omar Abdullah government removed because she and her party feel threatened by the historic initiatives being taken by the Omar led government for the development of the state and the political resolution of the Kashmir imbroglio.”
They said that as the realization is donning on PDP that the coalition government headed by Omar Abdullah is working in close quarters with the UPA government in the Centre to find a lasting acceptable political solution to the Kashmir problem as per the aspirations of the people of J&K she is instigating the people to adopt methods which lead to an anarchical situation where the Army has to take over the reins of the state.
They said, “Such a day if ever happens will be the saddest day in the history of the state of Jammu & Kashmir.”
However, they asserted that the National Conference will never let the dubious machinations of PDP to succeed.