Mufti takes Pakistan’s side on nuclear weapons issue

Mufti tweeted that if India has not kept a nuclear bomb for Diwali, it is natural that Pakistan has not kept its nuclear bombs for Eid either

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Srinagar: PDP president and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, while targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing India’s nuclear arsenal into the political discourse, has said if India has not kept its nuclear bombs for Diwali, Pakistan does not store it for Eid either.

During a rally in Barmer, Rajasthan, Modi had said that India was not afraid of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb threat. He had said that India (under his leadership) had begun to ignore Pakistan’s threat of bombing India with nuclear bombs. “Congress used to say Pakistan had a finger on the atomic button. So what does India have? We have not kept them for Diwali,” Modi had said.

Mufti tweeted that if India has not kept a nuclear bomb for Diwali, it is natural that Pakistan has not kept its nuclear bombs for Eid either.

History of Mufti family, PDP

The family of Mehbooba Mufti has been infamous across India for its soft corner for terrorists since the 1989 kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed. Rubaiya was kidnapped within five days of her father Mufti Mohammed Saeed being made the first Muslim Minister for Home Affairs in India by the VP Singh government.

The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front of Yasin Malik, a Kashmiri Muslim terrorist organisation, had carried out the act of abduction on 8 December 1989, in Jammu and Kashmir. The kidnappers demanded the release of thirteen of their terrorists in exchange for Rubaiya’s release. Then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah reportedly did not want to capitulate. But the Union government accepted their demands and freed the jailed terrorists.

Largely seen as a pro-separatist party, the PDP operates on the ideology of self-rule by Kashmiris, as characteristically different from the demand of autonomy for the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It believes that self-rule, as a political philosophy, ensures the empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir while further engaging in debates over new political territoriality of the State.

In the 2014 general election, three of its members were elected to the Lok Sabha. Its strength in the Legislative Assembly is 28 and in the Rajya Sabha is two as of now. The party ran a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir with the BJP until the latter abandoned the coalition on 19 June 2018 due to concerns about terrorism and radicalization in Kashmir.

The BJP had to bear the brunt of nationalist outrage when the coalition was on as partner PDP granted the family of slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani Rs 4 lakh compensation.

After the collapse of the coalition government, the PDP said it would form the next coalition not only with the Congress but also with its archrival, the National Conference (NC).

In 2018, both PDP and NC had said that they would not participate in the urban bodies and panchayat polls that were supposed to take place in a few months. Hindustan Times had written in its editorial in reaction to this boycott, “The boycott of the local polls seems to endorse the separatists’ narrative that all electoral processes in the state are illegal and against the wishes of the people. With this boycott, the PDP and the NC will only further marginalise themselves.”