Mehbooba’s ‘pigeon and cat’ remarks ‘insulting’: Shabir Ahmad Shah

The incarcerated chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah on Sunday said Mehbooba Mufti should apologise to Kashmiri people for what he termed as “insulting” remarks against them.
Mehbooba on Saturday while commenting on the return of Kashmiri Pandits to Valley said she will not throw them (Pandits) like pigeons before the cat (Kashmiris).
In a statement issued, Shah said such remarks by Mehbooba are aimed at creating a divide between the two communities of the state. “Mehbooba should apologise to the people for such distasteful remarks,” he said, adding, “”To symbolise humans with cats depicts the mentality of Mehbooba Mufti. We can only express sorrow over it”.Shah said if there is a threat to any community in J&K that is Muslims. “On one hand, we are intimidated of 1947-like massacre and on other side are projected as predators. This is disgraceful. Why Mehbooba maintained silence over the ‘1947 remarks’ of Lal Singh or does it simply mean she seconds the BJP minister,” he said.
The pro-freedom leader while questioning Mehbooba said: “What would you call those who started the Operation Tiger, Operation Catch and Kill, and black laws like AFSPA and POTA in Kashmir? At least, those people cannot be termed as saviours but may be called with the same name which you mentioned for the people of Kashmir. Even those who grabbed people’s votes by shedding crocodile tears over the funerals of the mujahideen also fall into that domain (of cats).”
“It is an acknowledged fact that the then governor Jagmohan was responsible for the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. So, if anyone still makes Mehbooba Mufti-like remarks, that can only be termed as lack of knowledge,” he said. Shah reiterated that any conspiracy hatched in the garb of return of Kashmiri Pandits will be foiled. “Not a single non-resident Kashmiri will be allowed to settle in the state. Pandits are our own people as they are indigenous citizens of this land and don’t need anyone’s permission. We welcome them wholeheartedly but they have to live in their native places,” he said.Meanwhile, Shabir Ahmad Shah addressed the families of mujahideen martyred in Tangmarg and expressed condolence and solidarity with them.

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