CM cornered on ‘Not Allowing Kashmir to Become Pakistan’ Comment

Riyaz Ul Khaliq

SRINAGAR

KL Image: Bilal Bahadur
KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, came under severe criticism on first day of state budget for “not allowing Kashmir to become Pakistan or Syria” comment.

Leading the attack, Independent Lawmaker representing Langate assembly constituency in state legislature, Er Rasheed asked Ms Mufti to come clear on what she meant by the statement.

CM Mehbooba Mufti in her address to cops in Baramulla a few days ago had lauded the role of J&K Police and had said, “JKP did not allow the Kashmir situation become similar to that of Pakistan or Syria.”

“What happened to your Self Rule document,” Rasheed asked Ms Mufti who was listening to the on-going speech of Governor NN Vohra.

“You would campaign for joint control (of Kashmir)… you talked about double currency,” Rasheed said addressing Mehbooba. “I respect you but let me tell you that Pakistan is a sovereign country and nuclear power too.”

Ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had floated Self Rule proposal for “resolving the Kashmir Issue”. The document advocated India and Pakistan jointly controlling both sides of Kashmir besides other measures.

“It is shameful to compare Syria with Pakistan…it has a democratically elected government,” he said, “despite its internal challenges, Pakistan has been speaking for deprived people all over world.”

He lashed out at right wing Hindu nationalist BJP and RSS saying “their true faces stands exposed when RSS is seen openly providing arms training to its terrorists in Ayodhya”.

CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti at JKP Passing Out Parade at Sheeri Baramulla on May 23, 2016.
CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti at JKP Passing Out Parade at Sheeri Baramulla on May 23, 2016.

Rasheed lashed out government for “failing” in taking control of J&K’s power projects. “Open tourist spots of Kupwara we will not ask for any money,” Rasheed said addressing the PDP-BJP government, “our beautiful Bangus valley has been turned into a full-fledged garrison.”

Accusing government of resorting to political victimisation, Rasheed questioned, “how did rail track get vanished when it was turned towards Kupwara? Why can’t Kupwara get a medical college?”

Rasheed further said that the government has “failed at ground zero”. “Your ministers stay most of the times in their constituencies; they don’t attend their offices in secretariat.”

“You have no morality to speak on any issue,” he told the treasury benches, “your three cabinet ministers are involved in 2008 communal agitation. One of the accused in Kishtwar riots was roaming with a BJP lawmaker in broad day light.”

Accusing J&K Government of “fomenting trouble” Rasheed said, “when three of our own cops were killed in Srinagar, some PDP-BJP cabinet ministers were cherishing wazwan in Kupwara.”

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