Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday hit out at the administration saying even a simple act of paying respect and tribute to one’s leader shows state administrations “deep paranoia intolerance.”
PDP leaders alleged that workers were “stopped” from paying tributes at the grave of her father and party founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on his sixth death anniversary.
A PDP leader posted a video on Twitter- where Mehbooba is seen arguing with a senior police officer at Bijbehara for not allowing the workers to visit her father’s grave. The workers were also seen shouting against the authorities. However, the PDP workers were later allowed to visit the grave, official sources said.
Mehbooba later paid tributes to her father along with a number of party workers and leaders.
Speaking to reporters in Bijbehara , she said people belonging to any ethnicity or from any region should resist the new laws being imposed by the central government in Jammu and Kashmir.
“People need to join hands against the government move to hand over land of Jammu and Kashmir to outsiders,” she said.
She later took to social media to thank everyone who remembered her father.
“On Mufti Sahab’s sixth death anniversary, Id like to thank everybody who paid rich tributes to him. We continue to believe & strive for his vision of a dignified & empowered J&K,” she said on Twitter.
She simultaneously lashed out at the administration for allegedly hounding PDP workers Mufti’s grave.
”Meanwhile J&K police is hounding my party workers who dared to offer fatiha at his grave today. Outlawing & criminalising even a simple act of paying respect & tribute to one’s leader shows state administration’s deep paranoia & intolerance,” she said.
Many leaders have paid tributes to Sayeed on his anniversary.
People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone said Sayeed was a great “practitioner of Statecraft.”
It was sheer pleasure working with Mufti Sahib. Down to earth, simple and a great practitioner of Statecraft. He indulged me. I was quite often at the receiving end of his gentle rebukes. Of course all with the intentions of sharing his hard earned learning curves,” he said.