Mufti Drops Bombshell: Says Hurriyat Sabotaged Mahbooba Pak Visit

21 December 2009
Rising Kashmir
Shaheen Khan

Rajouri: Expressing desire to launch cross-LoC campaign to garner support for party’s ‘self rule’ proposal, PDP patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Monday accused Hurriyat of sabotaging Mahbooba’s planned visit to Pakistan. Talking to Rising Kashmir during his two-day visit to Rajouri, Mufti said PDP is interested in launching campaign across LoC to garner support for self rule proposal. “There is no problem in propagating ‘Self rule’ proposal in Muzaffarabad and I will be happy to make people across the ceasefire line aware about our proposals regarding Kashmir solution.” Stating that he has received positive response from people from across the LoC, the former chief minister said, “Self rule is acceptable to people of Pakistan and its controlled area. I am happy that the proposal is gaining support even across the LoC”. In reply to a query, Mufti said his party will think over opening of party office in Pakistan Administered Kashmir for propagating self rule proposal. “There are no restrictions on the opening of office in PaK but we cannot extend political activity related to the governance there,” he said. On denial of visa to PDP president by Pakistan government, the former chief minister accused Hurriyat of using its influence in the neighbouring country to prevent Mahbooba from visiting Pakistan. “I think Hurriyat has used its influence to stop her from entering Pakistan. They feared that they would lose ground to Mahbooba, who they think would have gained mileage after visiting Pakistan and its controlled areas”. He said Mahbooba had to visit Muzafarabad and Rawalkote to talk to the people regarding PDP’s proposal for resolution of Kashmir issue. “She had to explain ‘Self rule’ proposals in Muzaffarabad and Rawalkote, where people are eager to know about this formula”. Pakistan embassy in New Delhi on Saturday denied visa to Mahbooba Mufti, who was to travel to Pakistan to attend an international conference. Predicting that there will be no Line of Control in future, the former chief minister said when there will be free movement of people along LoC, the line will itself disappear. “It is very important that the people of this and that part of Kashmir meet and share their views with each other to evolve a consensus on Kashmir resolution,” added Mufti.