National Conference Wednesday said J&K Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and PDP stood completely exposed by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s Statement in the Lok Sabha yesterday that Mufti Sayeed had promised 400 kanals of land for the apparent purpose of three to four composite townships for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.
“This statement by Singh now in the Lok Sabha has also proven beyond any doubt that J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had lied during his speech in the Legislative Assembly while denying that he had promised to allocate land for segregated, composite townships,” said NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu.
“Mufti Sahab went to Modi Ji’s Darbaar in New Delhi while he was lobbying for a Cabinet Berth in the Central Government for Mehbooba Mufti and during that trip promised the Home Minister that he would allocate land for setting up segregated Composite Townships for Kashmiri Pandits.”
This could, said Mattu, have been another blank cheque in a series of blank cheques that Mufti Sayeed has given to BJP and RSS to first make himself the Chief Minister for six years and then to seek Mehbooba Mufti’s political accommodation in New Delhi.
“What does Mufti Mohammad Sayeed want to do now? Is he not satisfied with setting the State on fire in 1989 as the Home Minister of India? Is he not satisfied with setting the State on fire in 2008 by scripting the 800 Kanals Land Transfer to the Amarnath Shrine Board? How much does J&K have to suffer to assuage Mufti Sahab’s appetite for deriving political dividends out of strife and division? When will it be enough for Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to realize that his five decade Machiavellian role in J&K politics has devoured thousands of young men in Kashmir and brought nothing but misery, stagnation and constitutional erosions for J&K and its people? It is high time Mufti Sahab stops playing with the future of our coming generation by yet again going out of his way to force them out on the roads to agitate and protest,” NC Spokesman stated.
The NC Spokesman said that PDP and its Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed would be solely responsible for any strife, agitation or unrest that this devious plan of segregation would result in.
“It has become evident that Mufti Sayeed has thrown his much touted ‘battle of ideas’ farce into the dustbin and that he has accepted that he always lied in the opposition about hundreds and hundreds of political prisoners being in jail – when he says that less than a dozen political prisoners are in jail. Now, it has also become evident that Mufti Sayeed is cornering the youth of this State to resort to agitation and to come out on the roads to protest against various unacceptable transgressions – including PDP’s aim to dilute process of issuing Permanent Resident Certificates, its anti-youth job policy and now its plan to allocate land for separate, composite townships for Kashmiri Pandits.”
“This two-pronged unholy strategy of provocation and suffocation at the same time is a trademark characteristic of Mufti Sayeed’s style of politics and in the past it has always resulted in our innocent youth losing their lives on our streets – be it during 1989 when Mufti Sayeed lorded over the most dreaded massacres in the history of this State or more recently in 2008 when Mufti Sayeed set the State on fire by transferring 800 Kanals of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board,” he said.
The NC Spokesman said National Conference was committed to the dignified return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits and had always endeavoured to facilitate their return to their homes and hearths.
“Our Kashmiri Pandit brothers and sisters are integral parts of our society and they should come back to live among their Muslim neighbours – that would be the greatest sense of security that could be offered and should be offered. Our party has always proven our commitment to their dignified return. However, segregation is not the answer but will compound the problem by isolation and consequently alienation between the two communities. Our party will fight tooth and nail to oppose these dangerous plans that PDP and BJP are harbouring. We won’t allow Mufti Sayeed to divide this State and its people by creating walls of hatred between communities,” Mattu said.