The hypocrisy of Jammu and Kashmir’s Hurriyat Conference, which spares no opportunity to rant against India, has been exposed once again. Ghulam Nabi Sumji, a close aide of Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani and general secretary of the outfit, has written a letter to the Mehbooba Mufti government demanding an increase in his monthly pension and also the releases of arrears due to him.
Sumji, one of the richest separatist leaders who is an ex-MLA, referred to an amendment made to the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature Act as part of which a revision in pensions of former legislators was made.
However, in March this year, he wrote a letter to the secretary of the state Legislative Assembly, seeking enhanced pension and arrears.
“I beg to submit that pension of ex-MLAs has been revised and the arrear dues have been released by the Act. It is therefore prayed that my increased pension along with arrear dues be released in my favour,” read his letter.
Sumji is a right-hand man of Geelani and is known for spewing venom against India. But shamelessly, he has no qualms in demanding financial aid from the country. What’s more shocking is that the state government has been quick in obliging and approving the Hurriyat hawk’s request.
Reports said the state government looked at revisions on a case-to-case basis and cleared Sumji’s request on Tuesday. As per Times Now, Sumji is now entitled to Rs 60,000 pension per month and this will be funded through the taxpayers’ money.
While all former MLAs are entitled to receiving pension and there is nothing wrong in Sumji seeking the same, however it is the stance of him and other separatists in opposing the electoral process in the state that shows their hypocrisy. It may be remembered that the Kashmiri separatists dub elected representatives in the state as “Indian puppets”.
It is nothing but shameless for a person to demand freedom for Kashmir from India on the one hand and demand financial assistance from the State on the other.
“Sir, with due respect I beg to submit that pension of ex-MLAs has been revised and the arrear dues have been released by the Act. It is therefore prayed that my increased pension along with arrear dues be released in my favour,” Sumji wrote in the letter dispatched earlier this year and addressed to the Secretary of the Legislative Assembly.
Sumji confirmed that he had requested a revision in his pension and the same had been approved. “Yes I had applied for the revision some two to three months ago and it has been approved,” The Telegraph quoted him as saying.
Justifying his move, Sumji said, “If you look at it (from the standpoint of a separatist), then (accepting) the pension is wrong. But at the same time I have a right over it.” Sumji was an MLA from 1987 to 1989.