JAMMU: National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah and his bunch of aides have unleashed high voltage criticism against Mufti Sayeed led PDP-BJP government over the release of 2010-stone pelting mastermind Masarat Alam after over four-and-a-half years in Jail.
In enthusiasm of taking on his arch political rival, however, Omar Abdullah has failed to answer whether the stone-pelting stopped post-Masarat arrest or not. The facts are quite different. Stone-pelting has become a ready weapon for anti-national elements to pour venom against India and the Indian forces.
Omar Abdullah has justified his decision of having put Masarat behind the bars and repeated P.S.A. If curtailing the movement of the stone-pelting mastermind was necessitated in the larger national interest why urgency was not shown in opening the gates of jails for hawks like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik and whole lot of secessionists who miss no opportunity to speak against India and toe the Pakistan line.
With the release of Masarat, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed has done nothing new, as during the tenure of Omar Abdullah, a number of militants, most of them having gone for arms training to Pakistan were given red carpet reception on their illegal arrival with Pakistan based wives and fully bloomed families comprising good number of children, born in the rogue nation. Omar Abdullah had himself admitted in 2013 that 241 militants had returned during the first three years of his government. The public memory is still fresh how the arrest of Liaqat Shah by Delhi Police, while sneaking into India via Nepal route, brought Omar and the Centre face-to-face. As a consequence, the so-called reformed militant virtually got red-carpet reception in a North Kashmir village after being freed from preventive custody.
Does Omar Abdullah feel that welcoming these Pak nationals and assuring all the facilities to their Pak wives and Pak-born children is service to the nation? Surely he will have no answer. Omar’s reaction in desperation reflects his jittery state of mind, as Mufti has played his cards well to please the Valley people which he could not encash during his six-year term.
In this process of competitive negativism, it is BJP which finds itself in a quandary. Chronic critics of return of Pak-trained militants with their families; BJP has been driven to dock by their senior coalition partner in the wake of Masarat’s release. They are beating their chests and crying hoarse. But neither the State Administration nor the Centre is paying any heed to them. For the State Government the BJP lot was spineless when in the opposition and now they are seen totally gutless despite partnering the government. This is because they have bartered their agenda and sold their conscience for lust of power. For the Centre, funding the State under one or the other head is only recourse to transform the Valley people as Indians. The Centre has never tried, during the past 68 years, to understand the pulse of unscrupulous elements in the Valley who resultantly got habitual of blackmailing the Indian establishment for getting more and more money.
All the parties, whether it is NC, Congress or BJP, they have failed to understand shrewd and seasoned politician Mufti who has embarked upon achieving his Mission +44 to form the government without assistance of any other party. While he is pleasing Valley by his pro-Pak stance or pro- militant stand or whatsoever it may be, he is moving ahead of all other political rivals very fast. He is also establishing his base in Jammu by showing his intentions to give corruption-free administration. Jammu has been hit the most by cult of nepotism and rampant corruption. At least the Mufti has shown guts to end the era of Brothers-in-law, Sons-in-law by debarring the ministers to have relatives as their private secretaries which was galore in the previous ministeries where they were working as pimps/collection agents.
Omar might not have been corrupt himself but his Nelson’s eye approach towards his corrupt colleagues and his failure not to deliver by granting permission to vigilance to prosecute the corrupt bureaucrats and those in public life shows his spineless administration’s boasting for corruption free government.
Though Omar was appreciated for enacting Public Services Grievances Act, first of its kind in the country, besides launching CM’s Grievance Cell and other measures for the welfare of a common man yet the endeavour failed miserably within four to five months because the officers concerned were convinced that there is nobody to check them and there was no accountability for them, courtesy; incompetency of Omar and his busy schedule of tweeting
Certainly, the corruption increased manifolds during the tenure of Omar led government. Now that the Mufti is doing something, which ought to have been done much earlier, NC should not feel jittery.
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