SRI NAGAR: The PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s visit to families of militants in south Kashmir has triggered a “war of words” on social media. Mehbooba exchanged words with National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Twitter.
Mehbooba has visited two militant families — one in Patipora, Pulwama and another in Safanagri village of Shopian - and had urged the police not to harass the families of militant.
Reacting to the PDP chief’s visits, Omar tweeted, “The architect of “Operation All-out” & the overseer of the operations that killed hundreds of militants since 2015 is now going from one militant home to the next trying to rehabilitate a badly damaged reputation (sic),” Omar tweeted. Defending her visit on the microblogging site, Mehbooba said, “@OmarAbdullah My visiting these helpless families shouldn’t trouble you , rather we all should try to reach out to them as they can not be left at the mercy of others (sic).”
“It was your duty as an opposition leader to reach out to these families, just like I did during your tenure as CM. I visited families that lost members who were killed during fake encounter at Machil, during 2010 unrest & Shopian rape and murder case,” she further tweeted.
Mehbooba’s PDP also extended support to her in the “twitter war” and described Omar as “a person who inherited massacres” and whose party (NC) rigged elections for power.The latest round of accusation and counter accusation came after a brief period of bonhomie between two parties on November 21 last year, while they were trying to form a grand alliance in the state, which was scuttled by Governor Satya Pal Malik.