Me­hbooba slammed for “lack of vi­sion”

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR - [Au­thor can be mailed at]

SRINAGAR—The op­po­si­tion par­ties to­day slammed the state’s PDP-BJP gov­ern­ment in the As­sem­bly, ac­cus­ing it of lack­ing “vi­sion” and “direction” and con­tend­ing that the 16-months of its rule have been a time wasted.

Lead­ing the at­tack was Na­tional Con­fer­ence leader and former Chief Min­is­ter Omar Abul­lah, who con­tended that the Me­hbooba Mufti gov­ern­ment had failed to de­fend the spe­cial sta­tus of Jammu and Kash­mir be­fore the Supreme Court when NEET was ex­tended to the state.

He ques­tioned the gov­ern­ment over its var­i­ous prom­ises and said no progress was to be seen on re­vo­ca­tion of AFSPA or hav­ing in­ter­nal dia­logue or restor­ing the re­gional bal­ance.

“The 16-months of this gov­ern­ment has been wasted as there is noth­ing to show for in terms of prom­ises made by the two par­ties in their ‘Agenda of Al­liance’,” Omar said while speak­ing on the Mo­tion of Thanks to the Gover­nor’s Ad­dress.

He said the Gover­nor’s Ad­dress had a “su­per­fi­cial men­tion” of cor­rup­tion-free and de­vel­op­ment-ori­ented gov­er­nance.

“This is noth­ing new and per­haps there has been no gov­ern­ment which has not spo­ken about th­ese is­sues.

The truth is that there is no vi­sion or direction in this gov­ern­ment be­cause this gov­ern­ment was formed un­der com­pul­sion,” he said.

Omar said the Chief Min­is­ter has made many flip flops on var­i­ous is­sues and it was likely that doubts will per­sist about her de­ci­sion mak­ing. “In the past 16 months, you have not stuck to one line.

In the elec­tions, you sought votes on the plank that you wanted to stop BJP (from com­ing to power) as Omar Ab­dul­lah is an old sin­ner who might join hands with BJP again as he was part of the Va­j­payee gov­ern­ment at cen­tre.

“Af­ter the elec­tion, you were hop­ing that a lot will be achieved by align­ing with BJP and en­tered into an Agenda of Al­liance but so far no progress is to be seen on re­vo­ca­tion of AFSPA, in­ter­nal dia­logue or restor­ing the re­gional bal­ance,” he told Me­hbooba, the leader of PDP.

He re­called that she had sought Con­fi­dence Build­ing Mea­sures from the Cen­tre be­fore form­ing the gov­ern­ment in the wake of death of her fa­ther and then Chief Min­is­ter Mufti Mo­ham­mad Say­eed.

“Your spokesper­sons went to me­dia say­ing that you want as­sur­ances on AFSPA and re­turn of power projects to the state.

You met the Prime Min­is­ter and emerged sat­is­fied enough to form the gov­ern­ment.

So far there is no clar­ity what as­sur­ances you got from the Prime Min­is­ter. We want to know,” the former Chief Min­is­ter said to Me­hbooba.

Omar also re­called that BJP gen­eral sec­re­tary Ram Mad­hav had told the me­dia that Me­hbooba had not sought any as­sur­ances but only bless­ings of the Prime Min­is­ter.

“If you only wanted bless­ings, you would have got it on day one. What was the two months’ wait for,” he asked her, re­fer­ring to the time taken by her to de­cide on con­tin­u­ing al­liance with BJP af­ter Say­eed’s death on Jan­uary 7.—GT stormed to the speaker’s podium to protest against a va­ri­ety of is­sues, in­clud­ing what they termed the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to im­ple­ment the food safety act. As the day’s pro­ceed­ings started, MLAs of the op­po­si­tion fail­ure in clear­ing the con­fu­sion over the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Food Se­cu­rity Act (NFSA) and de­mand­ing jus­tice for a res­i­dent of Hand­wara town who was al­legedly mo­lested by se­cu­rity per­son­nel.—GK in pos­ses­sion of. Who will re­store her in­no­cence and her youth­ful days back? Po­lice has to an­swer a lot to the so­ci­ety and to the Court of Law as the vic­tim girl claims she has un­der­gone hor­rific ex­pe­ri­ences in po­lice de­ten­tion and has been through a men­tal trauma from which she is find­ing it very dif­fi­cult to come out.

Po­lice so much dom­i­nates the so­ci­ety that the civil­ian gov­ern­ment could not get the vic­tim and her family out of their clutches; and finally it was the hu­man rights groups that in­ter­vened to bring an end to the or­deal of this family. The girl told me­dia in Srinagar that she was pres­sur­ized along with her family by po­lice to give a state­ment of their choice in the Court be­fore Mag­is­trate. She fur­ther said that she was forced to sign the doc­u­ments and the state­ment was taken un­der duress. That means what­ever she said in the Court of Law along with her par­ents was not a vol­un­tary state­ment.

Be­fore me­dia the vic­tim girl de­manded reg­is­tra­tion of an FIR against the po­lice for record­ing the video and cir­cu­lat­ing it in the pub­lic. She de­mands an FIR also against the po­lice for ha­rass­ing, pres­sur­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing her family. This case has be­come a test case for the Courts to in­ter­vene in such mat­ters with more force to act as a de­ter­rent for the po­lice who are en­joy­ing absolute pow­ers in Jammu and Kash­mir State.

The fresh state­ment of the vic­tim girl has changed the en­tire story of the in­ci­dent and the U-turn of the vic­tim say­ing that she was al­legedly mo­lested by army jawan has given fresh am­mu­ni­tion to the op­po­si­tion ask­ing for ju­di­cial probe into the en­tire is­sue. Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti has to in­ter­vene in this mat­ter as the vic­tim girl by her state­ment has brought a big ques­tion mark on the cred­i­bil­ity of the po­lice han­dling such in­ci­dents in Kash­mir. This would be a test case for Me­hbooba Mufti also who says that she will fight for the rights of fe­males in the state. —Cour­tesy: RK

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