New Delhi: Congress on Friday asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to refrain from playing politics on the issue of terrorism, dubbing as “unfortunate” her remarks over the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
His remarks came amid reports that Mehbooba, in a bid to control the damage over continuing protests, yesterday said the security forces were not aware of Wani’s presence during the raid at his hideout in which he was killed.“It is unfortunate and sad. Elected governments should not play politics on the issue of terrorism,” party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters. He at the same time held the PDP-BJP government responsible for the situation in the Kashmir Valley. “On one side, you talk of showing red eyes … and on the other shed tears for the traitors”.
Mehbooba had also indicated that had the security forces known about Wani’s presence the situation could have perhaps been controlled better. She had said had the security forces known about Wani being present inside the house in Kokernag area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, it would have been possible to keep the situation “from turning to what it is today”.
The statement from the Chief Minister had come immediately after opposition National Conference Provincial President Nasir Wani said the Chief Minister was aware of the operation and had also rewarded the officials who led the operation in which 22-year-old Wani was killed on 8 July