November 2019 News

'New Political Front' In Making, Tweets Iltija

25 November 2019
The Tribune

Srinagar: Iltija Mufti, the daughter of detained former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, said a 'new political front' was being engineered in Kashmir and the detained political leaders were being offered release, if they express 'willingness to join'. Mufti, who operates her mother's Twitter account, in a series of tweets said a senior police official facilitated the release of a former legislator from SKICC, the Centaur Hotel, where former legislators were detained till last week, 'to engineer a new political front'. 'theMLA in question has been visiting the families of detainees and recommended them to contact a former minister to secure their release from the sub-jail,' Mufti tweeted. Mufti is not formally part of the PDP, the party which her maternal grandfather Mufti Mohammad Sayeed founded in 1999. She has, however, become the unofficial spokesperson of her mother and the party, as most of its leaders are under detention. The political leaders who were detained on the eve of the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 include Mehbooba Mufti, who is the president of PDP; her regional arch-rival and another former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, and former lawmakers of both their parties. The detained political leaders and former legislators were kept at Centaur hotel on the banks of Dal Lake for more than three months before being shifted to MLAs hostel in the central city last week. Mufti said the release 'depends on the detainees' willingness to join a new political front in JK'. 'As if detention of their loved ones for the past three months wasn't enough, these families being blackmailed & are told that detainees will be released only if they 'co operate' & join this motley crew heading an undemocratic third front in JK,' she tweeted. Mufti said the political detainees were living in 'squalor and are now being harassed on a daily basis'. 'They are being treated worse than hardened criminals,' she said.