'Mufti Behind Kashmir Slaughter, Self-Rule Fraud'25 March 2011
Srinagar: Hitting back at Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, the ruling National Conference on Friday accused the PDP patron of having paved the way for mass slaughter of Kashmiri youth by deploying forces in every street in the valley and arming troops with sweeping powers. “Mufti moved heaven and earth to destroy the state’s democratic system and the unity of its masses to serve his own vested interests,” an NC spokesman said a day after the PDP patron ridiculed the chief minister for requiring a world body to point out what was happening under him. “Mufti stuck to the Congress for 40 years, and took to defection on finding his ambitions thwarted,” he said. “His self-rule plank is a fraud meant to deceive people. Had he been sincere, he would have put the slogan forward in those forty years instead of weakening the autonomy demand,” he said. “Why did he not talk of self rule when assuming the post of the union home minister? And why did he maintain a silence on the subject when he became the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. “The state’s identity and individuality suffered further during PDP rule, and the loot by Mufti’s ministers cost the state exchequer billions of rupees, making Jammu and Kashmir the second most corrupt state in the country,” he said. “Under autonomy, the state’s constitutional head is designated as sadr-e-riyasat. But Mufti trampled upon the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir by getting it changed to governor,” he said. “The PDP patron was instrumental in governor’s rule being imposed in the state four times. It is surprising that the party should have made sadr-e-riyasat the basic point of its self-rule sham,” he said. “Mufti should know who is buried in unmarked graves,” he said. “It was Mufti who as chief minister conferred rewards and citations on police officers involved in custodial killings,” he said.