UPA Hanged Guru to Silence Modi: Mehbooba

Omar surrendered before New Delhi after Yousuf Shah’s death

SRINAGAR: Echoing the remarks of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq that the BJP led NDA government did more for Kashmir than UPA, Mehbooba Mufti, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) president Thursday stated that Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Prime Minster had adopted a positive approach vis-à-vis relations with Pakistan and Kashmir resolution.

Mehbooba told reporters on the sidelines of a party workers meet in South Kashmir that her party doesn’t eulogize NDA or UPA but acknowledges the fact that Vajpayee did a remarkable job for pacifying the tensions between India and Pakistan and also took initiatives to open routes to facilitate meeting between divided families of Kashmir which was earlier perceived as a dream.

Mehbooba added that during Vajpayee’s tenure there were two rounds of talks between Huriyat Conference and Delhi and that UPA put those peace efforts into the backburner. She also took strong exception to what she called a sabotage of peace initiatives earlier facilitated by her party between the Hurriyat Conference and the government of India. “Unfortunately, Farooq Abdullah had clearly stated to Delhi that if talks with Huriyat are initiated, he will oppose the same.”

When asked why didn’t PDP support the resolution brought by Independent legislator Er Abdul Rashid in legislative assembly over the mortal remains of Afzal Guru, Mehbooba said that if PDP would have raised hue and cry over the issue, National Conference could have stopped the assembly proceedings with the reason that PDP created hurdles in the adoption of the resolution.  

“NC already had conspired with Congress and BJP in Legislative Assembly to sabotage the resolution,” she said. The PDP president claimed that in the year 2003 when Guru was awarded death penalty, the NDA government at New Delhi didn’t send Guru to gallows because Mufti Mohammad Syed as state’s chief minster appraised New Delhi about the dangerous outcome of Guru’s hanging.  “Contrary to this- Omar Abdullah facilitated Guru’s hanging instead of stopping that disastrous step.”

Mehbooba also slammed UPA stating that to silence Modi- it hanged Guru. She added that after the mysterious killing of (NC functionary) Haji Yousuf, Omar Abdullah virtually surrendered before New Delhi and obeyed their every directive.

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