Mehbooba Mufti, chief of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), courted a fresh controversy on Wednesday with her statement on Indian judiciary in the wake of life sentence to pro-Pak separatist and J and K Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik.
Mufti said that Pakistan’s judiciary is better than the Indian judiciary. The remark comes after she contended that the Kashmir issue won’t get resolved by awarding death penalty to Malik, who in another case was also charged with involvement in the 1989 kidnapping of Mehbooba Mufti’s sister Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of then Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Mehbooba Mufti, speaking to the media, remarked, “A man was lynched in Pakistan, they sentenced 6 people to death by hanging & 12 others to life imprisonment. Several Akhlaqs have been lynched here (India) after 2015. They’re garlanded, not punished. That’s the difference between their judiciary & this judiciary.”
“It is unfortunate that they want to create Gujarat model in every state. They have no jobs for today’s youth. Inflation is growing with each day,” the PDP chief added, minutes after absolving terrorists of blame for the murder of J&K policeman Saifullah Qadri on Tuesday, May 24, in an attack in which his minor daughter also sustained bullet injuries.
Former Deputy CM of J&K and BJP leader Kavinder Gupta slammed Mufti for her statements. He said, “Kashmir is not a problem. They have made it like a problem. Kashmir was, is and will always be ours. Mufti praises Pakistan and once again her love towards the neighbouring country is exposed. Pakistan courts are better according to her. They are the people who are supporters of Yasin Malik. She wants Yasin Malik to be forgiven, how shameful.”
Earlier, Mehbooba Mufti slammed the Centre by saying that the Kashmir issue won’t get resolved by awarding death penalty to Yasin Malik. Mufti refrained from condemning the Pakistan-backed terrorist despite him pleading guilty before the court, and instead blamed the Centre for pursuing a ‘muscular policy’.
She said, “Jammu and Kashmir is a political issue. Many people here have been hanged, many were sentenced to life imprisonment. This did not help resolve the Kashmir issue but complicated it further. I feel that the consequences of the muscular policy of India won’t be good. The situation is deteriorating by the day. The issue is getting complicated instead of being resolved.”