NC, PDP lambast Bukhari for ‘leaders chose detention’ remark
Srinagar, Mar 16: A major political storm has hit Jammu and Kashmir after Apni Party president Syed Altaf Bukhari alleged that the mainstream leaders “chose to remain behind bars” because they could not face people post abrogation of article 370.
Bukhari in an
interview alleged that the mainstream leaders had willfully chosen to remain
behind bars and not challenge their detention
fortunate for being detained in house or hostel. Had they not got these
facilities, people would have not let them live. They were answerable to the
public,” he said.
evoked a sharp reaction from National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party
“Even he (Altaf
Bukhari) and his other colleagues said they were detained after August 5.
First, he has to explain his own detention before making this statement.
Leaders across the political spectrum, be it PDP or PC, were detained,” he
Bukhari’s allegation saying detention means detention no matter whatever
facilities you are given. “They (detained leaders) had no access to medical
facilities. They were shifted to hospitals for treatment,” he said.
Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson Firdous Ahmad Tak said Bukhari should worry
about his own party. “Rather than thinking about others, he (Bukhari) should
worry about Apni (Apni Party) and Unki (Centre). This is the only mandate the
new experimental organization has got in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Tak noted that
“time and history will judge the people who have gone against the aspirations
of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti refused to comment.