Odian News


Mehebooba Mufti getting back to play her old card "separatism with softness".

Team Odian News |

New Delhi:11/1:(odiannews): The statement of Centre is quite intent in Parliament on its readiness to hold the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir along with the Parliamentary contest in the next five months has caused a stir. The political players of the state are getting back in the game now.Mehbooba Mufti, president of the PDP and former chief minister, is taking the familiar route to revive her sagging political fortunes. South Kashmir, the hotbed of the Valley hotbed by violent anti-India outrage, meeting bereaved families. On two such trips, she criticised the security forces for the alleged illegal detention of the families of militants. At a political rally (after the desolation of the government), on the third death anniversary of her father and PDP founder, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, in his hometown of Bijbehara, she even apologised for unfortunate remarks she made in 2016 during her tenure as chief minister.This seeming atonement is the centrepiece The strategy of Mehbooba to reclaim lost political ground in her former bastion. She is doing so by producing her old calling card: soft separatism, a euphemism for commiserating with the Kashmiri militants and a hard line position on human rights violations by the security forces. She is also pushing for a political resolution of the Kashmir issue by bringing Pakistan and separatists on board. In the late 1990s, her father had turned the PDP into a formidable rival to the dynastic National Conference by creating a political space between the pro-India and secessionist narratives in Kashmir.