‘Twitter friends’ Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti trade charges over visiting militant families

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In the run-up to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are back to being arch-rivals after a short stint of Twitter friendship.

Omar Abdullah lashed out at the recent visits of Mehbooba Mufti to the families of slain militants and called it an opportunistic move.

 After demanding justice for the sister of a militant from Pulwama, Mehbooba had visited another slain militant’s family on Thursday.

Omar called Mehbooba an “architect of Operation All-out” to wipe out militants since 2015 and took a jibe at her for now meeting their families.

Omar also accused Mehbooba of using militants to first forge a friendship with BJP and now, using them to appease the gullible voters.

Mehbooba reacted to Omar’s jibes by reminding him that as an Opposition leader, he should have gone to visit the families of slain militants, which he did not do it.

In reply, Omar said:

That’s the problem you only reach these people in opposition. Unlike you I prefer not to exploit their pain while in opposition only to forget all about it in power. Different horses for different courses……. — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) January 3, 2019

The latest Twitter banter follows a series of likes and retweets that both Omar and Mehbooba shared after they jointly claimed to form a government and blamed Governot Satya Pal Malik for not receiving the letter.

Sajad Lone, who is considered to be close to BJP, meanwhile criticised both Mehbooba and Omar for the blame game.

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