Stopped BJP from crack down on Jamaat-e-Islami, Hurriyat leaders, says former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti

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Published: March 14, 2019 9:00:40 AM

Mufti said that she wanted to have a dialogue with the separatist leaders and had formed a parliamentary committee for the same.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Mufti while addressing a workers’ convention in north Kashmir’s Bandipora, also said that the BJP wanted to raid separatist leaders but she protested.

PDP president and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday revealed that the BJP wanted to ban Jamaat-e-Islami and crack down on Hurriyat leaders when her party was in power with support from the saffron party. Mufti, however, said she did not allow the BJP to initiate actions against now banned Jamaat-e-Islami and Hurriyat leaders.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Mufti while addressing a workers’ convention in north Kashmir’s Bandipora, also said that the BJP wanted to raid separatist leaders but she protested.

“BJP wanted to crack down on Jamaat-e-Islami, a crackdown on moulvis. I didn’t let them do it. BJP wanted to carry out NIA raids on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others. But I didn’t let them do it,” she said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs recently banned Jamaat-e-Islami for five years for supporting claims for secession of a part of India. The government declared the organisation an ‘unlawful association’.

Also, the NIA carried out raids against separatist leaders in connection with a terror funding case. Recently, the NIA summoned Mirwaiz to Delhi for questioning but the latter refused to travel to Delhi as he cited threat to his personal security. The separatist leader has, however, to be quizzed in Srinagar.
The former Jammu and Kashmir CM also added that she forced the BJP to have a ceasefire for a month in Kashmir but the militants did not stop their activities.

Mufti said that she wanted to have a dialogue with the separatist leaders and had formed a parliamentary committee for the same.

“I wanted to have a dialogue with separatist leaders and even a parliamentary committee visited Kashmir in 2016 but they closed their doors. I got Dineshwar Sharma appointed as interlocutor who was given a cabinet rank to have a dialogue with the separatist leadership but they didn’t talk. I tried everything during my tenure,” she said.
The PDP chief also said that both the national parties BJP and Congress use Kashmir issue for political gains during elections. She said that the Congress hanged Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru ahead of the general elections in 2014 and the BJP is following footsteps by taking action against separatist leaders.

“In the 2014 elections, during the Congress government (tenure in the Centre), Afzal Guru was hanged to show the country what they have done. Today… BJP has started raids, banned JeI, summoned Mirwaiz,” she said.

Jammu and Kashmir was placed under President’s Rule in December 2018 after the end of six month’s of Governor’s rule. The Election Commission has announced that parliamentary elections in the state will be held in five phases. The poll body has not taken any decision with regard to the conduct of Assembly elections. The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was dissolved by Governor Satya Pal Malik in November last year.

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