Srinagar, Apr 02: Launching a scathing attack on chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, opposition leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said “she has accepted her irrelevance today” by not being in region’s summer capital Srinagar despite prevailing tense situation.
Taking to social networking site Twitter, Omar wrote: “It’s amazing how @MehboobaMufti has accepted her irrelevance in Kashmir today. More than 24 hours after 3 fierce encounters & numerous deaths she still hasn’t arrived back in Srinagar”.
In another tweet, Omar wrote: “In fact Gov Vohra arrived in Srinagar first thing in the morning while @MehboobaMufti was happily ensconced in her plush Delhi bungalow”.
“So while all this was unfolding the chief minister didn’t see (it) fit to cut short her Delhi trip. What was so important to have kept her there?” he asked.
Omar also expressed alarm over more and more local youths joining militancy and has blamed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for the new trend which, he said, has emerged after killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani two years ago.
“Of the 12 confirmed dead, I understand 11 are local Kashmiris & (and) the identity of the 12th is being ascertained, not one so far is a foreign terrorist. Is no one in a position of power in Delhi alarmed by this because I certainly am!” Omar said in a series of tweets.
Omar tweets were over Sunday’s three encounters in Shopian and Anantnag districts of Kashmir in which 13 militants, four civilians and three Army men were killed.
“@MehboobaMufti’s biggest & least talked about failure has been the massive jump in the numbers of young Kashmiri men joining the ranks of militant organisations,” Omar said.
“Very Bloody Sunday in Kashmir … 13 militants killed but not without extracting a high cost – 3 Army men killed in the line of duty & 4 protestors killed around the encounter sites,” he added.
Omar said most of the militants killed yesterday had joined the militancy after killing of Burhan Wani in an encounter with the security forces in July 2016.
“Creations of the post-Burhan Wani rage, most of the militants killed yesterday were new recruits,” he added.