NC slams Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, says he ‘dines with high and mighty of the intel establishment’

"A man who dines with the high and mighty of the intelligence establishment in New Delhi should at least try to stay away from podiums of morality here," National Conference spokesman said.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published:November 2, 2016 5:09 am
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Mirwaiz Umar Farooq after being detained in Srinagar. (Source: Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Lashing out at Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, National Conference on Tuesday said his “numerous secret rendezvous” with the high and mighty in New Delhi “belie his moralistic press statements in Kashmir”. It said that if Mirwaiz likes, they would be “happy to share the exact dates and venues of his meetings with the high and mighty captains of the intelligence apparatus”.

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“A man who dines with the high and mighty of the intelligence establishment in New Delhi should at least try to stay away from podiums of morality here,” National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said. “Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s proximity to the establishment and intelligence apparatus in New Delhi is a well known fact and that National Conference does not require sermons from someone who was willing to break bread with intelligence officers in five-star hotels in New Delhi.”

The National Conference attack on Mirwaiz came a day after he criticised former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah for “showing his concern” over the future of  Kashmiri children, saying a “few years ago, he (Omar) didn’t hesitate facilitating the killing of 120 youngsters”.

Mirwaiz had taken a dig at Omar for his speech at New York for “paying his obeisance to his masters”. “After his (Omar’s) New York utterances, which have once again exposed his lust for chair and his crocodile tears…, he now goes to the extent of deliberately spinning the facts and asking Hurriyat to have the courage to condemn the school-burning incidents, when he very well knows that not only has the resistance leadership repeatedly condemned it but it is greatly concerned about the seriousness of the school-burning episodes,” Mirwaiz said.

The National Conference spokesperson said they are “amused at Mirwaiz’s moral pretence of being outraged at Omar Abdullah’s factual and accurate assertions while speaking at an event at New York University”. “Omar Abdullah has the courage and stature to say openly and unambiguously what Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is known to have advocated behind closed doors in New Delhi as was revealed by WikiLeaks,” Mattu said.