Srinagar , The Peoples Democratic Party has become a “partner in crime” with the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the subsequent alienation of Kashmiris has reached a point where it can lead to unprecedented bloodshed, Jammu and Kashmir minister Tassaduq Mufti said in an interview with The Indian Express published on Friday.
Urging dialogue with Pakistan, the minister said he would not keep quiet just because he was in the government. If the BJP-led Centre does not act on its commitments to the state, the PDP will have to “take one last bow and apologise to people for having unknowingly pushed them into something they did not deserve”, said the tourism minister who is also the younger brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
He said the communal politics over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district has “pushed the state to a new low and brought shame to all of us”. It would be a “sin” to stay quiet in a situation when every day is a day of mourning and a child’s rape gets support in the name of religion, he said.
“If coalition politics is about living with a series of failures and ignominies, then I am sorry I don’t know how to hide my awkwardness and discomfort with it,” Mufti said, adding this was not his personal view but the overwhelming sentiment within his party.
‘At the cross-roads of despair and abandonment’
Tassaduq Mufti urged the Centre to “give up its obduracy and recognise the problem at hand, de-escalate tension and resume the political process”.
When his late father and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had decided to join hands with