NC raising AFSPA revocation to divert attention from other issues: Mehbooba

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 7: Leader of Opposition in State Assembly and PDP chief Ms Mehbooba Mufti today accused the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and his party of raising the issue of withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to divert the peoples’ attention from the last year’s mysterious killing of Mohammed Yousf Shah, an NC activist.
“The PDP has initiated the process for revocation of AFSPA and our stand on it is clear but it is NC, which raised the issue only after Shah’s death to divert the attention of the people from his killing, Mehbooba told reporters here today along with Party MLC, Sarfaraz Khan.
The AFSPA issue was taken by PDP and NC leaders asked us to give it in writing which we agreed to do. They even asked that PDP leaders should withdraw their security first, she added.
Maintaining that interlocutors on Kashmir did a lot of work, by visiting every nook and corner of the State and meeting cross section of people including the leaders of political parties to ascertain their views on Kashmir issue, she said they (interlocutors) are aware of the Congress, National Conference (NC) and other political parties’ agenda but the agenda of the people behind the present movement in Kashmir is not known. So their report will serve no purpose till the agenda of the separatists is known, she added.
Mehbooba while ridiculing the NC leaders for accusing her party of raising non issues inside the legislature during its just concluded session said, her Party legislators raised the issues concerning the common man in both the houses. “We raised the issues of Bijli-Pani, rising corruption in the two houses which are concerning the common man”, she added.
She said the State Government has announced the amnesty for 5000 stone pelters undergoing detention on the occasion of Eid but till date only 402 were released on the basis of pick and choose. This was being done for corrupt practices and demanded that there should be general amnesty and no trial of cases before the magistrate.
She also accused the Government of re-employment of some retired officers at the age of 72 in violation of all norms and standing rules. “What is the fun of engaging these officers at a monthly salary of Rs 80,000 each” she asked?
She said on September 30, 2010 CM announced that one senior officer of State Government was involved in embezzlement and in the evening he was re-employed. The PDP will take the issues of mismanagement and corruption to people, she added.
Expressing concern over delay in Municipal Corporation and Urban Local bodies elections Mehbooba Mufti said that lakhs of names of voters especially youth are missing from electoral rolls. She also accused the Government of its total failure in empowering the Panchayts in the State and alleged that Panches and Sarpanches are in great desperation in Kashmir after recent attacks on them.
Accusing Delhi of patronizing the Omar Abdullah led Government she said the tainted official of JKCA was appointed by BCCI as manager of twenty-twenty in South Africa.
She said this Government has made fun of democratic institutions as the Constitutional Amendment Bill on which the PDP had assured full support, was passed in the House by 14 members when the two third majority of House was required for the passage of the Bill is 24 out of 32 members. This is a serious issue and Constitutional breach, she added.