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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Says Mehbooba Mufti Trying to Give Oxygen to Terrorists

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has exposed her proximity with separatists by warning that if her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was split it would create more militants in the state.

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mufti with her statement was “trying to give oxygen to terrorists”. “Knowing or unknowingly she has only exposed her proximity to separatists,” the BJP leader said.

At a press conference in Srinagar, the PDP chief said if the central government split her party to form a new government in the state, it would create more Salahuddins and Yasin Maliks — who were first to take arms after the 1987 elections were allegedly rigged.

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Salahuddin, whose real name in Yousuf Shah, contested the election and Malik was his polling agent. However, it was alleged that the polls were rigged in favour of the National Conference-Congress coalition. Shah ended up heading the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group and Malik launched Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.

Reacting to Mufti’s statement, BJP’s central committee member GVL Narasimha Rao said Mufti’s remarks were “very bizarre”.

Stating that she “seems under tremendous pressure from her own party”, he asked if she was now “equating her party with Hizbul Mujahiddin”.

Ever since the BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba on 19 June, speculations have been rife that the party leadership is in touch with several PDP MLAs and independents to form a new government in the state. At least seven PDP legislators have openly revolted against Mehbooba.


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