Mehbooba Mufti shows her true colours

PDP chief turns sympathetic towards anti-national elements, questions government action against them

SRINAGAR | Updated: 04 March, 2023 12:13 am IST
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

As the government and central agencies came down hard on terrorists and their associated networks, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti turned sympathetic towards anti-national elements and designated terrorists.

The former J&K Chief minister has blamed the centre for keeping the pot boiling in Jammu and Kashmir to garner votes in elections.

“In the name of fighting militancy, govt employees are dismissed arbitrarily & houses attached without giving the families any chance to avail the due legal course. This is collective punishment for innocent families & upends their lives,” Mufti made her remarks on the microblogging site Twitter.

She also stated that the “muscular iron-fisted policy” may appeal to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vote bank in the country, but in Jammu and Kashmir, “it is not only wreaking lives but further alienating people here from the rest of the country”. “GOI wants to keep the Kashmir pot boiling to use it in elections to garner votes,” she added.

Her remarks come in the wake of the dismissal of three employees by the Jammu and Kashmir administration for their alleged involvement in anti-national activities and the attachment of properties of terrorists.

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has attached the property of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Basit Reshi in the Sopore area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday, March 3.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Basit Ahmad Reshi is a member of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and was involved in “subversive activities and coordinating target killings” in Jammu and Kashmir.

NIA took action after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) declared Basit Reshi, “presently in Pakistan”, as a designated “Terrorist” under the UAPA.

Reshi, who is 27 years old, is a resident of the Yemberzalwari Shiva Dangerpora Sopore area of Baramulla district and he is presently in Pakistan as per the NIA.

As per the NIA claim, Reshi planned and executed an attack on a police guard post at Tujar Sherief on August 18, 2015, in which police personnel and a civilian were killed.

The NIA action comes a day after it attached the property of another terrorist, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, alias ‘Latram’ in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar.

Earlier this week, three government employees were terminated for having terror links.

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