Srinagar, December 6
National Conference on Tuesday condemned Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s shocking remarks dubbing civilians killed in the current unrest as “criminals” who according to her “were attacking camps”. Describing this latest absurd comment by the Chief Minister as yet another shocking revelation of her ruthlessness and disconnect from reality, NC State Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the Chief Minister should tender a public apology to hundreds of grieving families for rubbing salt on their wounds.
The NC Spokesperson asked Mehbooba Mufti to realize how her Government had lorded over the worst form of indiscriminate repression on civilians in recent history and stop defaming those who had lost their lives in this unrest. “Every single time you think the Chief Minister has touched the lowest possible ebb of insensitivity and absurdity, she surprises you by stooping even lower.
The same woman who exploited every single funeral of a slain militant as an opportunity for politics has today transformed into a woman who doesn’t hesitate to call slain civilians ‘criminals’. For a Chief Minister to say something so crass, inappropriate and out rightly insensitive after months of unimaginable suffering in the Valley is a moment of embarrassment for the entire State”, the NC Spokesperson said in the statement.
“Was young Insha of Shopian a ‘criminal’? Was the old lady shot dead while working in her fields in Langate a ‘criminal’? Was the young English professor beaten to death a ‘criminal’? Was the young 7th standard child killed in Harwan a ‘criminal’? Shame on Mehbooba Mufti for having the audacity to call these young children and innocent civilians ‘criminals’. If young Insha was a ‘criminal’ in the CM’s eyes, why did she promise to donate her eyes to the poor girl? Leave alone that promise made for the newspapers, Insha had to be adopted for her medical care and rehabilitation by a Hurriyat leader as the Chief Minister couldn’t even have it in her heart to step up and take the responsibility of her proper treatment and rehabilitation.
Had Mehbooba treated cases likes these as a priority rather than talking of gol-gappas and riding scooties – maybe the situation wouldn’t have deteriorated to this extent”, the NC Spokesperson added.