Published On: Fri, Jul 13th, 2018

You will create more Salahuddins if you break PDP: Mehbooba warns Delhi

Srinagar: Visibly shaken by rising descent in her party, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said the BJP-led central government would end up creating more militants like Syed Salahuddin and Yasin Malik if her party was split to form government in the state.

Is she now equating her party with Hizbul Mujahiddin

“All of us know there can be no horse trading unless Delhi (the Centre) wants it. If Delhi tries to break my party, they will be repeating what was done here in 1987,” Mufti told the media here.

“Don’t try to break my party, all you will end up doing is create more Salahuddins (Chief of Hizbul who fought elections in 1987) and Yasin Maliks (JKLF chief who was Salahuddin’s poll agent then),” she said.

Asked about the rift in her party as a result of which some of her own party men and MLAs had levelled serious charges against her, Mufti said: “There are differences in every party and these can be sorted out within the party.”

Her predecessor and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah mocked at Mufti’s warning.

“Let me put this out here for all to remember ‘not one new militant will be created with the break up of the PDP’. People will not mourn the demise of a party created in Delhi only to divide the votes of Kashmiris.”

Reacting to Mehbooba’s threat, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mufti with her statement was “trying to give oxygen to terrorists”.

“Knowing or unknowingly she has only exposed her proximity to separatists,” the BJP leadear said.

At a press conference in Srinagar, the PDP chief said if the central government split her party to form new government in the state, it would create more Salahuddins and Yasin Maliks — who were first to take arms after the 1987 elections were allegedly rigged.

Salahuddin, whose real name in Yousuf Shah, contested the election and Malik was his polling agent. However, it was alleged that the polls were rigged in favour of the National Conference-Congress coalition. Shah ended up heading Pakistan based Hizbul Mujahideen teror group and Malik launched Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.

Reacting to Mufti’s statement, BJP’s central committee member GVL Narasimha Rao said Mufti’s remarks were “very bizzare”.

Mufti, he said, “seems under tremendous pressure from her own party.

“Is she now equating her party with Hizbul Mujahiddin,” he asked.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister and senior state BJP leader Kavinder Gupta said: “It is very unfortuantae that she (Mufti) was ruling the state only a few days back as Chief Minister and now she threatens of a terror uprising.”

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