Hakim Yasin to Mufti: Where has ‘battle of ideas’ theory gone?

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Srinagar : While condemning the attack and arrest of JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) president and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin Thursday questioned Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of his ‘battle of ideas’ theory.

In a statement to press, Hakim Yasin said, “Where is ‘battle of ideas’ theory of Mufti sahab? What is happening in the state this time has happened never? Mufti sahib used to blame the previous government for caging separatists and his opponents, but now he has gone a step ahead. Where has Mufti’s sahib’s promise of providing space to political opponents gone?”

Blaming that there was mismatch between the words and deeds of Mufti, he said, “Instead of brining separatists on negotiation table, Mufti sahib is caging them. What he used to preach while in opposition and during election campaigning, he is doing contrary to that. It only will increase the alienation and will never help in keeping things under control.”

“Instead of caging these people, Mufti sahib should take steps against those who are trying to spread communal hatred in the state. Strict action must be taken against these elements who are trying to spread regional hatred,” the PDF president demanded. “Also those who have been arrested should be released without any delay.”

He also appealed all the secular forces to get united and fight against the communal forces. “To curb the rising incidents of communal violence there is immediate need for secular forces to get united and fight against such elements. For the benefit and development of the state, there is urgent need that secular forces unite,” Hakim Yasin observed.

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