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Mehbooba visits slain militant’s family, enters into a twitter war with Omar

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Sajad Lone too pitches in for a change!

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Shopian, Jan 03: As former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday visited the family of a slain militant in restive Shopian district of south Kashmir, she and another former chief minister, Omar Abdullah have engaged themselves in a war on social networking site – Twitter and Peoples Conference chairman, Sajad Lone too jumped in taking a dig on both of them.

Reports said that Mufti visited the family of slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Mohammad Idress Sultan at his native Safanagri village in Shopian today afternoon.

After consoling with the family, Mufti said that police should stop ‘harassing’ the families of the militants.

“I know our police is a disciplined force and they don’t want to harass the families of militants but from somewhere they get such directions,” she said, adding “let them fight against the militants but the families should not be involved in it.”

This is the second visit of Mufti to a militant family this week. Earlier, she visited a militant family in Patipora village of Pulwama district on Sunday.

Another former chief minister, Omar Abdullah took to twitter challenging Mehbooba’s politics.

Calling her as an ‘architect’ of ‘Operation All-out’, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Thursday said Mehbooba Mufti during her tenure as the chief minister used militants by sanctioning their deaths to appease the BJP.

Taking to Twitter, the NC leader said Mufti oversaw the operations that killed hundreds of militants since 2015 is now trying to mend her reputation by visiting slain militants’ families.

“The architect of “Operation All-out” & the overseer of the operations that killed hundreds of militants since 2015 is now going from one militant home to the next trying to rehabilitate a badly damaged reputation,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

“She used militants by sanctioning their deaths to appease the BJP and now she uses dead militants to try to appease the voter. Just how gullible does she think people are?” Omar said in another tweet.

Reacting to Omar, Mehbooba tweeted: “@OmarAbdullah It was your duty as an position leader to reach out to these families. Just like I did during your tenure as CM. I visited families that lost members who were killed during fake encounter at Machil, during 2010 unrest &Shopian rape and murder case.”

And within three Omar tweeted: “@MehboobaMufti That’s the problem you only reach these people in opposition. Unlike you I prefer not to exploit their pain while in opposition only to forget all about it in power. Different horses for different courses….”

Probably enjoying the twitter war between Omar and Mehbooba, who had joined hands in staking claim to form the government to scuttle his claim, Peoples Conference Chairman, Sajad Lone @sajadlone tweeted: “The two dynasties r at it again. Enacting theater. A month or so back both were squeaky clean. Now the gloves r off. Accuse each other by the day confer by the night. Winking on twitter hoodwinking en masse. One has 2010 to his credit the other has 2016 to her credit.”

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