Salahuddin Enjoyed Hidden Support From Mufti In 1987: Kamal

7 April 2014
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Senior NC leader and legislator Mustafa Kamal Monday alleged that Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahudin received hidden support from PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed during 1987 elections to annihilate NC from the political map of Jammu and Kashmir. 'Syed Salahudin, Syed Ali Geelani and Jamaat-i-Islami are hand in glove to destroy NC and for this purpose Mufti Sayeed helped them from time to time,' Kamal said. He alleged that Mufti used election symbol of Muslim United Front for his own party to give an impression that it is an anti-NC party and ironically Geelani criticized Mufti in this regard after 12 years. 'There is dichotomy in their word and deed as the separatist leaders preach one thing and practice another. If Geelani, Salahudin and others would really stick to their stand of election boycott call, then I should say that they have changed otherwise it seems that they pitch for boycott call but under curtains ask their supporters to vote for People's Democratic Party,' Kamal said. Holding Syed Salahudin and like-minded leaders responsible for the bloodshed in Kashmir, he said Muslim United Front contested elections in 1987 to uproot NC and once they failed, they brought gun from across the border and put Kashmir on fire. 'For this purpose, various agencies who do not see eye to eye with NC, supported these leaders. History is witness to the fact that all their efforts to uproot the foundation of NC failed and people have come to know about their 'nefarious' designs,' he said. Kamal claimed that Jamaat has no base in Kashmir and cadres of the organization will never forget the days when they were banished by people from Kashmir over death of former Pakistan prime minister Zulifkar Ali Bhuto.