Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday visited the militant hotbed in south Kashmir’s Shopian where she once again reiterated that forces should not harass families of militants.
The former chief minister while taking a dig at Governor Satya Pal Malik said that the forces have been directed to harass the families of militants. “I am hopeful that police does not want to harass anyone but it seems from somewhere it is being directed,” said Mufti.
She said that families of militants should not be harassed. “In my tenure I had directed forces not to harass brothers or sisters of militants. I hope that governor gives such directions to forces too,” she said, while visiting a family of a militant who was killed.
The family from Safanagri Shopian has another son in detention since his brother was killed in a gunfight. They had been visiting police officials for the release of their son but no response.
As per reports the family had been seeking various means to seek release of their son who was arrested four weeks ago. “The family tried everything to get their son released. And also sought help of Mehbooba Mufti when they visited her,” a local said. “Mehbooba finally visited here to their home herself as he has not been released yet.”
Adding that the son of the family is lone bread winner and his father is blind. This is the second time that Mehbooba Mufti visited the volatile and militancy hotbed south Kashmir that has been her bastion.
On Sunday, Mehbooba visited south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, where she said that she won’t allow bloodshed in south Kashmir and it won’t be made a battle ground.
The former chief minister while traveling into interiors of Pulwama said that people who supported political process do not deserve to be treated harshly.
Mufti’s visit came a day after encounter in South Kashmir’s Pulwama, in which four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed. Her political career began by visiting families of the militants and victims, which turned Southern parts as her party’s stronghold.
She went to Patipora village of Pulwama to meet Rubina, who was allegedly harassed by police for being a militant’s sister.
The visit of PDP leader to the Shopian district that has seen hike in militant recruitment and violence comes at a time when leaders from mainstream parties are migrating to Srinagar and other parts of the state in a bid to save their life.