After NC, Beig Trains Guns On Hurriyat Leaders

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Srinagar, Nov 12: In a scathing attack, senior PDP leader and former deputy chief minister, Muzaffar Hussain Beig, on Monday targeted Hurriyat and NC leaders, the former for “looting crores meant for kin of martyrs,” and the latter for selling out on Kashmir and consigning people to death and destruction.

“The National Conference has thrown the chains of slavery and poverty round the necks of Kashmiris, and is the party most responsible for the state’s ruin,” Beig said at a public rally in the Zachaldara area of the Kupwara district.

“During the Kargil war in 1999, the NC chief Dr.Farooq Abdullah claimed that Kashmir was no issue but merely a problem created by a few looters sitting in Pakistan,” he said.

“The NC leader urged India to attack Islamabad and Lahore with atom bombs to destroy Pakistan for good,” he said.

“Did he not know that Pakistan too possessed nuclear weapons and could inflict equal damage on India?” he said.

“He knew this fully well, but issued the statement merely to please the RSS which is a sworn enemy of Muslims,” he said.

“The same year, the NC chief got his son inducted into the NDA ministry so that he could tour other countries and assert that the Kashmir issue had no basis,” he said.

“On the contrary, the PDP has always argued that Kashmir is a burning issue which cannot be solved by atom bombs or military means,” he said.

“We have always maintained that India will have to bring a change in its policy to win the hearts of Kashmiris, for which Pakistan, the Hurriyat, and the people of Kashmir too will have to be engaged,” he said.

The PDP leader did not spare the Hurriyat leadership too, accusing it of misappropriating relief funds meant for martyrs’ families.

“The leadership of the Hurriyat has gobbled up crores of rupees coming from Pakistan meant for the families of martyrs, and constructed palatial residences for themselves,” he said.

“Two brothers from Kupwara have erected bungalows worth crores in Srinagar after their father’s martyrdom, and keep an army of servants on whom thousands of rupees are spent as salary,” he said.

“Thirty security personnel remain on guard for the chairman of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani,” he said.

“Muhammad Yasin Malik picked up the gun, and a tailor-master from Batmalu also picked up the same gun, but crores of rupees are spent in Delhi for Malik’s treatment,” he said.

“When Syed Ali Shah Geelani fell ill, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had him flown in his own plane to the Tata Hospital where his treatment cost Rs 75 lakh,” he said. “But on his return, the first statement that Geelani issued was against Mufti.”

“At present, the Hurriyat (M) has 22 parties, and the Hurriyat (G) 33,” he said.

“When they cannot manage unity themselves, how can they advocate the Kashmir cause? And still they are termed as mujahids and we as ghaddars,” he said.

Attacking the National Conference for its “double standards,” Beig said that its founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah had described the Congress as gandi naali key keeday (worms of the gutter), but had used the backing of the same party to come to power in 1975.

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