Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to ban Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and crack down on Hurriyat leaders during their coalition government, but she did not allow them to do so.
Addressing a workers convention in Bandipora, Mufti said: “BJP wanted to crack down on Jamaat-e-Islami and ‘suppress’ the separatist leadership through NIA raids. However, our government did not allow the rightwing party to crack down on separatists.”
Mufti said that the BJP wanted to carry out NIA raids on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatists as well but her government was against any such move.She said that it was during the government of National Conference (NC)-Congress in 2019 when Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and NIA spread their “web” in Kashmir.
Mufti said that she forced BJP to have ceasefire in Kashmir for at least one month but militants didn’t respond to the ceasefire.
“Militants were not supportive when I forced BJP to have ceasefire for a month. I wanted to have a dialogue with separatist leaders and even a parliamentary committee visited Kashmir in 2016 but they shut their doors. Dineshwar Sharma was appointed as interlocutor to have dialogue with the separatist leadership but they didn’t support it,” she said.