Srinagar: On Thursday, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti claimed that the BJP was using Kashmir as a scapegoat to make electoral gains and comeback in power. This statement came hours after India suspended trade across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir saying the route was being misused by Pakistan-based elements to smuggle weapons, narcotics, and fake currency
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister took to her twitter handle and said, "Using Kashmir as a scapegoat to claw its way back to power won't help BJP. It's an excuse to worsen ties with Pak (Pakistan) despite their peace overtures. By doing this, PM Modi has dismantled a CBM Initiated by Vajpayee Ji. Won't be surprised if an attack on Pak is in the offing." Since the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, the relations between India and Pakistan have been under strain. In Pulwama attack, 40 security personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed on Jammu-Srinagar highway.
She also criticized BJP's Sadhvi Pragya Thakur for stating that ATS Chief Hemant Karkare died because of his 'Karma' saying: "Will BJP take action against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur for her disparaging comments on Hemant Karkare, who died fighting terrorists in the 26/11 attacks? For a party that pretends to honor our police personnel, how is this even acceptable? It is glaringly anti-national even for the BJP standards."
Mehbooba Mufti also commiserated with Priyanka Chaturvedi, who recently quit Congress and joined Shiv Sena after the political quarter reinstated men who misbehaved with her at a press conference in Mathura, saying "women have it worst." "She really stood out as a Congress spokesperson for her chutzpah," Mufti said on Friday. "Labels tend to stick much easier when you're a woman," she added.