Questioning Afzal Guru’s hanging, People’s Democratic Party, Petron, Mutfi Mohammad Sayeed Wednesday asked congress led UPA government “was there nobody to be hanged except Afzal Guru?” Mufti said that the people of Kashmir are feeling more alienated after the hanging of Afzal Guru.
He said that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah was well aware about the hanging of Afzal Guru much earlier but he did nothing to save him. “How is it possible that New Delhi hanged a citizen of J&K and the Chief Minister did not know about it?” Mufti questioned.
Mufti was accompanying Tariq Hamid Karra, at the office of the returning officer, Srinagar were Karra filed his nomination papers for Srinagar, Lok Sabha seat.
Without predicting about the poll results Mufti said, “We are hopeful that people will vote for our candidates on the performance of our government exhibited in 2002.” Mufti added, “people will also see our role as an opposition and vote for us because they have been let down by the present regime.”
Mufti said that from 1947 democracy is flourishing elsewhere in India and the people there are developing rapidly but Kashmir and Kashmiri people have been living in turmoil.
“There is a need to end the turmoil and PDP will work for it,” he said adding “In 2002 we tried our best, we freed prisoners and changed the situation all together but later on our initiatives were not taken forward and everything went wrong.”
Claiming that People of Kashmir had a sigh of relief during his tenure, Mufti said that if voted the PDP candidates will raise the voice for Kashmiris in the highest democratic institution of India. “We hope that people will vote for our party so that we can take forward our agenda of resolution and peace.”
Rejecting BJPs election manifesto about Article 370, Mufti said that the special status of the state is unquestionable. “We want more than the special status so how is it possible to talk about its revocation?”
Mufti however praised former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s initiatives about Kashmir and said he had started a process with Pakistan and Kashmiris.
Earlier, before Karra, Agha Mohsin, nephew of Agha Ruhullah, of ruling National Conference also filed his nomination as an independent candidate.