NC''s autonomy, war cry a gimmick: Mufti
6 November 2001
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Coming down heavily on Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah for again raising bogey of autonomy, former Home Minister and president of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayed today said that Chief Minister’s demand for autonomy was nothing but a gimmick to befool the masses. Addressing a press conference, Mufti said that every time when Centre initiates sincere efforts to solve vexed problem of Kashmir, Farooq starts crying for autonomy. ''Why Farooq did not raise demand of autonomy when Mr H D Deve Gowda was Prime Minister of India'', he asked and recalled that most of the United Front leaders were in the favour of granting autonomy to the State. ''Farooq always raised controversial demand during unfavourable conditions'', he alleged and added that during favourable conditions his only concern has been to get more and more funds from the Centre to accomplish his luxuries. Mufti cautioned people against nefarious designs of Farooq Abdullah, who according to him, was trying to befool them by raising demand of autonomy. Criticising Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah for, what he alleged, repeatedly giving provocating statements, Mufti Mohammed Sayed today said that war-cry of Dr Abdullah was nothing but a gimmick to divert attention of the people. In which capacity Farooq Abdullah is demanding war with Pakistan? He is neither Prime Minister nor Defence Minister, Mufti challenged authority of the Chief Minister for demanding war. He, however, advised the Chief Minister to remain in his limitation. ''It is better if he (Farooq Abdullah) concentrates more on heeding towards woes of this militancy plagued State'', he said. ''Except promising moon Farooq Government has not done for the betterment of the people'', he said, adding ''there is wide-spread resentment among masses against National Conference as their miseries have compounded due to anti-people policies of the Government. ''With a hope that democratically elected Government will solve their woes, inhabitants of this State, braving militants threats, had expressed their faith in ballot during the last Assembly elections'', Mufti recalled but lamented that instead of providing healing touch to the wounds of the residents of this violence plagued State, National Conference further increased alienation of the people manyfold due to its wrong policies. ''People are asking NC leaders about achievements of their Government during the last five years. Keeping in view the increasing pressure of the people Chief Minister has been raising bogey of war and autonomy to divert their attention'', he said. Describing suspension of senior IAS officer, Mr Asgar Samoon as ‘unfortunate’, former Union Home Minister and president of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammed Sayed today regretted that honest and straight forward officers are being harassed by the State Government. Mufti Mohammad Sayed said that officers of dubious character have been patronised by the National Conference Government while those of high integrity are facing wrath of the ruling elite. Taking strong exception to the decision of the Chief Minister to suspend Mr Asgar Samoon for, what he called, exposing mis-deeds of the State Government, Mufti listed names of corrupt officers who have not only been provided prized posting but partonised by the State Government.