New Delhi choked, humiliated Mufti Sayeed: Karra

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SRINAGAR: Senior People’s Democratic Party leader and Member Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra, Wednesday, said that the former Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, was choked and humiliated to death by New Delhi.

“I would say Mufti saheb was destined to die at this particular place and date, but he was, actually, choked to death, humiliated to death,” Karra said in an interview to the Economic Times. 

Karra said that he differed with Mufti Mohammad Saeed on the alliance with the BJP: “He (Mufti Sahab) was a father figure to me but the way New Delhi treated him was painful,” Karra said. “Mufti Saheb was an elected CM and the senior-most leader of the State. His intentions were not bad as he was trying to take Kashmiris out of the slumber and extract a solution to the Kashmir problem.”

“Whatever was agreed between PDP and BJP was not done, conversely what was not agreed, was done,” he said.

He said the development package, or the flood-relief fund, was not delivered. Look at the Mehbooba Mufti’s statement the other day when she said: “I lied to my father when he was breathing his last, when he asked me whether the relief package was released. I said it has been. While, in reality, it wasn’t.”

“Isn’t it ironical,” he retorted. 

“Of the Rs 80,000-crore package announced by the Prime Minister, Narender Modi, Rs 73,000 crore had been already factored in the Union Budget 2015-16,” Karra said. “The package, therefore, was just a jugglery of figures. Of the remaining Rs 7,000 crore, an insufficient Rs 1200 crore was given for flood relief, that too after Mufti’s death. There are more letdowns.”

Karra said the refusal to engage the Hurriyat and hold Indo-Pak talks was another setback. “All Kashmiris felt bad the way Modi spoke at a public function on November 7,” he said. 

Karra said that when Mufti saheb requested Modi to reach out to Pakistan like and elder brother, Modi said something that did not go well with the deceased leader. “I do not need anybody’s advice on the Kashmir issue,” Modi had replied humiliatingly. 

The BJP and Modi, Karra said, do not understand the psyche of Kashmiris and the genesis of the Kashmir problem. “Modi is acting like a modern-day Alexander the Great, who wants to win over hearts and minds by force,” he said. “The Vajpayee doctrine was based on hand-holding, but Modi’s approach is of hand-twisting.”

Such a doctrine, Karra said, would not work in Kashmir.

 

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