Srinagar: National Conference on Tuesday condemned Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s "shocking remarks" dubbing civilians killed in the current unrest as "criminals” who according to her “were attacking camps”.
Describing this latest “absurd” comment by the Chief Minister as yet another shocking revelation of her “ruthlessness and disconnect from reality”, NC State Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the Chief Minister should tender a public apology to hundreds of grieving families for “rubbing salt into their wounds.”
Mattu asked Mehbooba Mufti to realize how her government had “lorded over the worst form of indiscriminate repression on civilians in recent history and stop defaming those who had lost their lives in this unrest.”
“Every single time you think the Chief Minister has touched the lowest possible ebb of insensitivity and absurdity, she surprises you by stooping even lower. The same woman who exploited every single funeral of a slain militant as an opportunity for politics has today transformed into a woman who doesn’t hesitate to call slain civilians ‘criminals’. For a Chief Minister to say something so crass, inappropriate and out rightly insensitive after months of unimaginable suffering in the Valley is a moment of embarrassment for the entire State”, he said, in the statement.
“Was young Insha of Shopian a ‘criminal’? Was the old lady shot dead while working in her fields in Langate a ‘criminal’? Was the young English professor beaten to death a ‘criminal’? Was the young 7th standard child killed in Harwan a ‘criminal’? Shame on Mehbooba Mufti for having the audacity to call these young children and innocent civilians ‘criminals”
Mattu asked the Chief Minister why she promised to donate her eyes to Insha if she thought of her as a ‘criminal’.
“Leave alone that promise made for the newspapers, Insha had to be adopted for her medical care and rehabilitation by a Hurriyat leader as the Chief Minister couldn’t even have it in her heart to step up and take the responsibility of her proper treatment and rehabilitation. Had Mehbooba treated cases likes these as a priority rather than talking of gol-gappas and riding scooties – maybe the situation wouldn’t have deteriorated to this extent”, the NC Spokesperson added.
Mattu asked Mehbooba to acknowledge the “positive role played by National Conference during this blood-soaked unrest”.
“Unlike what she did in 2010, we didn’t lock the gates of the Civil Secretariat nor did we go and beg in New Delhi for the dismissal of the State Government – something she stooped low in doing countless times in 2010. One can understand how the grace to acknowledge a constructive opposition is too much to ask for somebody of Mehbooba Mufti’s stature but for her to blame the opposition for her own Government’s repression is unacceptable and shameless”, he said.
Mattu said that National Conference has always said it would help and support anybody who works towards alleviating the problems faced by our people and intends to take the State out of political turmoil “and bloodshed through means that are peaceful, amicable and democratic.
It is evident beyond a modicum of doubt that our Chief Minister doesn’t have the acumen or the political vision to understand this constructive and harmonious approach – which is crucial for the State at this juncture. One could however remind her of her elaborate theatrical performances of yore over sensitive political issues which she exploited for her own personal empowerment but that would be a futile exercise in her case. Her delusions are far too entrenched to be removed”, the NC Spokesperson said. (CNS)