February 2020 News

Omar Provoked Masses, Mufti Pro-militant, Says PSA Dossier

9 February 2020
The Tribune

Srinagar: Days after PM Narendra Modi flayed former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah for criticising abrogation of Article 370, the state police, that have booked the leaders under the Public Safety Act, have accused the PDP chief of making anti-national statements and supporting Jamaat-e-Islamia, which is banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Sources said the police dossier alleged that on the eve of reorganisation of the state, Omar had tried to provoke the masses against the revocation of Articles 370 and 35-A through his comments on the social media, which had the potential to disturb public order. The dossier reads: 'The capacity of the subject to influence people for any cause can be gauged from the fact that he (Omar) was able to convince his electorate to come out and vote in huge numbers even during peak of militancy and poll boycotts. 'After revocation of Article 370 and Article 35A, in order to secure the support of the common people, the subject removed all covers- curtains, and while resorting to his dirty politics has adopted a radical methodology by way of instigating the general masses against the policies of the Central Government.' Referring to tweets by Mehbooba calling for 'dignity to militants after death' and accusing 'the Army of using chemical weapons against them', the dossier describes her as hard-headed and scheming. 'The genesis and the approach of the PDP have been of dubious nature. The symbol of the PDP was taken from the election symbol of Muslim United Front (MUF), the green colour of the party flag reflecting the radical origin of the same,' it reads. The MUF was a 'polyglot coalition' of Kashmiri parties that contested the 1987 Assembly elections. The Jamaat-e-Islami was a key constituent.The MUF won only four Assembly seats. The disaffection caused by the elections gave rise to Kashmir insurgency, which continues to this day. The Hurriyat Conference is largely inspired by the former MUF coalition. Speaking on the motion of thanks on President's Address in Parliament on Thursday, PM Modi had picked on Mehbooba's August 5 remark that India had betrayed Kashmir. 'She said we made the wrong decision in 1947... do the people here support these statements? Omar Abdullah said abrogation of Article 370 will bring such an earthquake that Kashmir will split from the country. Farooq Abdullah said the abrogation will open the way for Kashmir's independence... Can anyone agree with such language?' The PM asserted that the government would not allow peace to be disturbed anywhere in the country, be it Kashmir or the Northeast. Mehbooba and Omar were detained under the PSA on the night of February 6, hours before their preventive detention was to expire. Former J&K Chief Ministers were detained under Public Safety Act on February 6, hours before their preventive detention since Aug 5 last year, when Art 370 was revoked, was to expire