Repeal AFSPA, quit alliance: Dy Grand Mufti tells CM ‘Muslims in India should seek separate country’

Deputy Grand Mufti Kashmir, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam Tuesday urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to set in motion a mechanism for removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Saying that present dispensation is caught between a ‘rock and a hard place’, he also said that CM should break away from the coalition government.

“Mehbooba should ask for revocation of draconian laws like AFPSA. She is part of an alliance with BJP and I think she should say goodbye to BJP,” Mufti Nasir told reporters in a press conference held under the banner of the Jammu & Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) here.
He was reacting to the Chief Minister’s statement that ‘the investigation in Shopian killing case will be taken to logical conclusion.’

“They are befooling us and it (Investigation) is mere eyewash. Her statement is totally ridiculous,” he said and threatened streets protests against civilian killings.
Terming the outcry by the legislatures in the Assembly mere shedding of crocodile tears, Mufti Nasir asked lawmakers to tender resignation.

“They should resign if they care for the safety of people and their properties,” he said while terming the civilian killings in Kashmir “unacceptable”.
He said Indian has been committing atrocities on people in Kashmir since 1947 and it must stop killings in Kashmir.
“Killings can’t be tolerated. India should stop this bloodshed in Kashmir.”
JKCSCC condemned the innocent killings of civilians at Shopian by Army’s 10 Garwal unit and demanded a judicial probe into the incident.
“The political leaders are trying to get political mileage out of these incidents,” said a member, advocate Mir Javid.
On article 35-A, Mufti Nasir said that it has been constitutionally guaranteed to the state and it will remain intact till dispensation of Kashmir issue.
“India is illegally occupying Kashmir, it neither was nor will remain part of Indian. The relation between J&K and India are temporary and not final. India will have to leave Valley,” he said.
Mufti, who is also vice chairman of J&K Muslim personal board, said that Muslims were being harassed in the name of “love jihad, cow vigilantism and triple talaq and they should seek a separate country within India.
“If the situation remains same, the Muslims in India should seek separate country within India,” Mufti Nasir said.
JKCSCC termed the government’s announcement to conduct panchayat polls in the state an “absurdity” and “hoodwink the public opinion from realities on the ground” as the situation in the state and its border was volatile.
“The government was unable to hold Anantnag parliamentary by-polls, how panchayat elections could be held. This is a futile exercise, neither people are interested nor will it serve any purpose,” Mir said and added that holding of panchayat elections may head to another phase of escalation of violence.
Expressing concern over use of Judiciary in abrogation article 370 and 35-A, JKCSCC said that the Supreme Court should have dismissed the petitions pending before it.
Government of India (GoI), JKCSCC stated, was hell bent upon to crush the economy and water resources of the state.
“The natural wealth is illegally drained by GoI through NHPC, which has taken full control of our water resources. It is earning an annual profit of Rs. 74,000 crores to the prejudice of the rights and interests of the people.”
JKCSCC also demand the return of power projects to the state and the royalty of Indus water treaty be paid so that unemployed youth are given employment.
Stating that the unemployment and impact of GST on the state economy were the grave concerns, Mir said the recent state budget presented in the legislature was a misnomer and mere computer graph.
“The budget has nothing to offer to the poor people and the business community. There are 20 lac un-employed youths in the state and the latest budget has not addressed this serious issue,” he said.

javid@risingkashmir.com