'Suspicious' Mufti Sayeed changes security

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jan 06, 2015 23:13 IST

It seems suspicion and sensation have gripped political circles - both mainstream and separatist - in Kashmir Valley, as government formation remains elusive even 13 days after results of the marathon assembly polls were declared.

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has replaced his personal security guards, days after news of his meeting with moderate separatist leader Abdul Gani Bhat at the former's house appeared.

A new team of special security guards (SSG) now man the Fair View villa on the high street of Gupkar in Srinagar where rival politicians live a stone's throw away from each other.

Mufti, party insiders said, is shocked by the leak of information about the post-sundown secret meeting that created ripples.
If speculations are to be believed then Bhat, a college-time friend of the Mufti, carried a political message for him as the PDP is discussing government formation with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

However, while Bhat and PDP have both dismissed the report and insisted the meeting was personal, many in the moderate Hurriyat aren't convinced and demand action against their colleague.

Political realities in the only Muslim-majority state are changing since the poll results: the mainstream is espousing soft-separatism to win credence and credibility even in separatist constituency. And the moderate separatist camp is seeing an upheaval within.

It was obvious during the Monday meeting of Hurriyat constituents on the topic 'Right to self determination and United Nation Resolutions' held in Srinagar.

Known for his boldness, Bhat asked Hurriyat constituents to change the political course. "Politics demands prudence and patience, not intolerance and frenzy. An effective strategy was needed to solve Kashmir issue in view of the changing scenario of the global politics," said the separatist.

However, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq stuck to the separatist agenda of right to self determination.
"Kashmir issue have always ended in a deadlock and third party intervention like the UN becomes inevitable," Moderaye Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told the constituents.

"All Hurriyat constituents and leaders along with the leadership of all the three regions, especially Azad J&K (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) are working towards formulating a strategy to defeat the hegemonistic mindset aimed to divide Kashmir on regional and communal lines," he said.

He was also quick to added: "Hurriyat was not against development and progress, but it should not be construed that Kashmiris have given up their right to self determination in lieu of financial benefits."

Sixty-six percent of voters in the state threw up a divided mandate between the PDP and BJP, which bagged 28 and 25 seats respectively.
Since the results, the elusive government formation has fuelled speculations and changing equations between the PDP and BJP, who stake claims to form the new government in conflict-torn Jammu and Kashmir.

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