Former Jammu-Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed son, Tassaduq Mufti, in an exclusive interview with The Indian Express spoke about his plans for the future and his return to the Valley after leaving as a teenager.
However, the Opposition parties see him raising issues that were never fulfilled by the PDP.
Here is how they reacted to his first interview:
# “Interesting interview, more for what is left unsaid. Will be very interesting to watch this story play out,’’ J&K former chief minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah wrote on twitter.
# NC spokesman Junaid Mattu said that Tasaduk has already begun his political career by attending PDP core meetings and addressing bureaucrats, facilitated by the member of parliament from south Kashmir. “The points he highlighted in interview is not his personal opinion anymore. The best person to answer the questions is the PDP leadership that is why things have turned from bad to worse. He should direct his questions towards his own party.”
Mattu went on to say that those responsible for Gawkadal massacre, which happened when Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was Home Minister of India, should first be prosecuted. “Let us start with that. I am glad he has said this. Let there be a truth and reconciliation commission starting from the thousands of youth who were killed under the tenure of Mufti as Home Minister of India when Jagmohan was sent on his personal insistence. I am sure Tasaduk Mufti knows what happened then,” he said.
# Congress vice president and legislator Muzaffar Parray said that there was no healing touch to people during Mufti’s reign. “By highlighting these issues Tasaduk is creating problems for his own party. He is still a political person as has not formally joined the party,” Parray said.
# Independent legislator and president of Awami Ithead Party, Engineer Rashid described Tasaduk’s emergence as the continuation of family rule. “He (Tasaduk) is welcome and at liberty to say things. If he has good ideas. Let him prove it by bringing Mufti’s promised self-rule back. We will support him on credible issues. He has a right and his father has created a base. Let him prove his worth and wherever he will do a good thing, I will be the first man to appreciate him,” Rashid said.
# CPI (M) general secretary and legislator from South Kashmir’s Kulgam constituency, Mohammad Yusuf Taragami said that if Tasaduk Mufti wants to join politics it will be his personal decision and he has every right to do so. “The issues he has raised in his interview are already on the agenda of all of us. They are not of today but they have been here since eruption of militancy. We donot have an official view of PDP on whether he will join the party or not. He as a young man has his right to have a space for his activities,” Taragami said.