Mehbooba Slams Omar for Pak Remarks

SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti has said the National Conference led government is resorting to its ‘known dirty tricks’ for hoodwinking people ahead of general elections.

On the other hand this government has ‘criminalized’ dissent and is persecuting people who protest its excesses instead of punishing the perpetrators of atrocities, she told a meeting of the office bearers of the party here today.

A statement, quoting Mehbooba said the coalition government has dismantled all the processes and procedures that had been resorted to some extent to enforce transparency in the selections to government jobs. She said the government created a hype about providing employment to the youth and also announced “Fast track” recruitment through different institutions.  “The so called fast track recruitment has not even taken off in two years since it was announced and instead the ministers are appointing their favourites through backdoor. The government collected several crore rupees as the cost of application forms but nobody has so far been provided an employment,” said Mehbooba..

The PDP president, according to the statement said the government has started posting officers with known political leanings as a last resort to stay in power by hook or by crook. The political leaders from ruling parties and ministers have somehow started appointing their favourites through back door even though it has no salary for thousands of casual and seasonal labourers and the daily wagers. This is being done only to accommodate ruling party workers in an attempt to buy votes against favours as the ruling parties have seen writing on the wall about their eminent defeat, she said.

Referring to the reports that a Molvi and his family members have been arrested in Gool, Mehbooba said the government has virtually turned justice on its head in the state. She said though the Home Minister of India had announced a probe into the massacre caused by paramilitary personnel in Gool the state Chief Minister openly accused a Molvi of having master minded the killings. The statement quoting Mehbooba said that now, in a bid to prove more loyal than the king the very persons who brought the matter into the notice of the government have been arrested.

Mehbooba said this reminds of the 2009 atrocities in Shopian in which the case of murder and rape of two young ladies was hushed up and those who protested were prosecuted. “The government even filed criminal cases against the doctors who conducted post-mortem and confirmed rape and the lawyers who represented the family of the unfortunate victims.”

Mehbooba said ahead of the elections the government wants to create instability and an atmosphere of fear so that it can indulge in malpractices. She said Omar Abdullah’s war mongering and advocating  attack on Pakistan is part of this design and the present government can go to any extent to create a disturbed situation but people of the state are now fully aware of these dirty tricks and will give a fitting reply to this most hated government in the history of Jammu & Kashmir.

Mehbooba said instead of advising caution and restraint the Chief Minister has joined the hawks in calling for an outright war. She said this indicates the insensitivity of the Chief Minister towards the interests of the state and its residents. “While the ceasefire violations have caused tremendous difficulties it is regrettable that the Chief Minister is calling for war between the two nuclear powers” Mehbooba said the blind pursuit of power by a politician can’t get worse. Omar Abdullah obviously does not appreciate the fall out of a modern war and being Chief Minister of a state that has been the worst victim of violence he should have worked for peace rather than promoting hostility between the two countries, she said.

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