With the Delhi police detaining Separatists leader Shabir Shah on his arrival in Delhi, opposition National Conference on Saturday said that the detention of Hurriyat leaders in Delhi was part of an understanding between the “Central Government and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.” NC also demanded that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister should resign over the arrest of Hurriyat leaders in Delhi.
“It had become evident and apparent that J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had arrived at an understanding with the Central Government and the BJP to remain silent of the detention of Hurriyat leaders in exchange for the BJP’s assurance that they would desist from destabilizing his Government in J&K. If this isn’t the case, Mufti Sayeed should resign as the Chief Minister”, said NC Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said. “We have entered a new territory of irony and U-turns in J&K.”
The spokesperson said that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed arrested the Hurriyat leaders on demand from New Delhi and released them on demand from New Delhi. “This is clearly yet another incident that has exposed that the ‘CMP’ between PDP and BJP that promised dialogue with stakeholders internally and between New Delhi and Islamabad was nothing but a moral smokescreen to justify Mufti Sahab’s complete sell-out to the BJP to become the Chief Minister,” he said.
The NC Spokesperson said the meeting between Hurriyat leaders and visiting Pakistani delegations was nothing “new” and were usually the “side consultations” which were mostly ignored by the media. “All previous governments including the Government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee allowed Hurriyat to meet visiting Pakistani delegations and this was never allowed to become a provocation that could hamper dialogue. Now, the meeting between the Hurriyat leadership and the Pakistani NSA has been elevated to the Central Issue – which has in turn created a situation of grave uncertainty”, Mattu said.