CM Mehbooba Lashed out on opposition over her pigeon remarks
Srinagar: Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti today said the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ outlines a comprehensive roadmap for PDP-BJP coalition government and it will be implemented in letter and spirit to address the challenges confronting Jammu and Kashmir.
The Chief Minister said the decision to ally with National Conference and Congress could have proved a disaster for the state, “Such a decision would have repeated the situation of 1987. Syed Ali Geelani saheb and Abdul Gani Lone were part of this assembly but they chose a different path because the mandate of 1987 was dishonored. It was not an election. It was a conspiracy and the repeat of such conspiracy could have pushed the state into chaos. Much blood has been spilled since 1947 in Jammu and Kashmir. We didn’t want to spill more by disrespecting the mandate,” she said.
The Chief Minister said the separatist leadership claimed their political space without any intervention of the government during the 2002-2005 tenure of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, “At that time, separatist leaders were jailed but we set them free. I encountered them during election campaigns. We talked to them. Umar Farooq and Bilal Lone spoke with Centre. Militancy went down and ceasefire was implemented. It sparked the hope of a new dawn of peace but the unfortunate events after 2008 turned the tide against the peace efforts,” she said.
Reacting to the Opposition’s charges over ‘Cat and Pigeon’ remark’, the Chief Minister said her statement has been distorted by the Opposition and media to project as if every Kashmiri is a militant. “My remarks were distorted. Kashmiri Muslims are fed up with violence.
Kashmiri Pandits aren’t afraid of Kashmiri Muslims. They are afraid of those who perpetrated Wandhama Massacre. Who killed Abdul Gani Lone? Who shot Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq? The workers of Congress, PDP, NC and BJP are living with security. Should we not then provide a sense of security to Pandits. We have to make them comfortable. Unless they get confidence to go to their native places without security, they have to be provided proper residences in transit camps which will be inclusive with fifty percent reservation for migrants of other faiths. And to link these issues with Article 370 is completely misplaced,” she said.