SRINAGAR: A day after opposition National Conference president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah extended his party’s support to separatists (Hurriyat) in taking forward the “ongoing movement”, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said his statement proves that the opposition party was behind the unrest in the Valley while BJP has demanded probe into role of NC leaders in the agitation.
"The statement of Farooq Abdullah proves that that his party (NC) was behind the ongoing unrest in the Valley. The NC can go to any extent to grab power,” Mehbooba told reporters on sidelines of a function, here.
Kashmir has been witnessing unrest and shutdown since killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.
At least 94 people have been killed, over 13000 injured and more than 8000 arrested by security forces during over four months of unrest in the Valley.
"Criminals had made their way during the past five months of unrest. They were pelting stones on vehicles, torching schools and attacking security forces camps,” Mehbooba said.
She said Abdullah’s statement proves that his party is involved in these activities from last five months.
“It was unfortunate what when the situation in Valley was improving, children were going to schools and tourism picking up, Abdullah gave order to his workers to create that situation once again in which the atmosphere in J&K will remain charged," Mehbooba said adding the NC president hinted his workers to not to let the situation improve.
She said the NC leaders want to be in power at any cost.
“It has been very unfortunate trait of the NC leaders that they keep chanting Kashmir and other issues of people but once in power they not only forget the miseries of people. Omar Abdullah talked against Pakistan at the national and international level and even called for declaring Pakistan as a “terrorist state” when he was a union minister and Farooq Abdullah in power used to call for bombing Pakistan and drowning the separatist leaders in Jhelum,” said Mehbooba.
"It has become clear once again that NC could play with the lives of anyone, including kids and women,” she added.
Farooq Abdullah had yesterday lent his party’s support to separatists saying they are with the separatist (Hurriyat) leaders, who should carry forward the ‘movement’ and be united.
Meanwhile, PDP’s coalition partner BJP demanded a probe into role of NC leaders in the ongoing unrest in the Valley.
“Abdullah’s statement indicates that NC has played a major role in pushing Kashmir towards the edge. Government should ask the security agencies and police to probe role of NC leaders in the unrest,” BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir said.
He said if any NC leaders are found involved in sponsoring anti-India protests and violence, they should be booked and dealt according to the law of the land.
The BJP spokesman said if Farooq Abdullah is really interested in “Azadi” and the “movement”, then he should give up his Z + security cover, quit mainstream politics and join the separatist camp.