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Jammu, Mar 20: Mounting a scathing attack at former chief minister Omar Abdullah for dubbing emergence of new parties in Kashmir as New Delhi’s ploy to divide Kashmiri mandate, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said J&K is not a personal property of the National Conference.

Mehbooba's attack followed Peoples Conference chief Sajad Gani Lone's tirade against Omar Abdullah that he needed “mental treatment" for opposing emergence of new parties.

"It is unfortunate that National conference considers Jammu and Kashmir as its own estate. When (former chief minister) Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed brought Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, they called them worms of dirty drain (as a Delhi's party)," Mehbooba told reporters here.

"When the PDP was formed, they alleged the same thing. Today when Shah Faseal formed a new outfit, Omar Abdullah says the same thing," said Mehbooba.

The PDP chief said Omar Abdullah feels any party formed in J&K will claim right on their estate of Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is a democratic country and everyone has the right to form one's own party and do politics. Jammu and Kashmir is not a personal property of the NC," she added.

Omar's remarks came on the day Shah Faesal, a bureaucrat-turned-politician, who was reportedly slated to join the NC, launched his own party - 'Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement'.

Omar had reacted to the development dubbing it as a New Delhi ploy to divide the Kashmiri mandate.

"Why is it that these political parties are launched only in Kashmir, why not in Jammu or Ladakh? Doesn't it clearly indicate a ploy aimed at dividing us further?” Omar had asked, addressing his party workers' convention in Anantnag Monday.

"It is a fact that conspiracies have been hatched for long to weaken our special status. While in Jammu and Ladakh, the (political) field is being left open for the Congress and the BJP, here (in Kashmir) there is always an attempt to divide the mandate,” Omar had said, indirectly blaming New Delhi for the move.

Lone too had attacked Omar Abdullah Monday.

"Were we to give power to Omar Abdullah after Maharaja Hari Singh? He got Kashmiris killed in 2010. Before that his father got people killed and maimed from 1996 to 2002. Before that his father rigged the elections in 1987,” Lone had told reporters in Handwara.

Peoples Conference chief asked Omar Abdullah if there should be no other party except the NC.

"Do they have a copyright? Let me tell you Omar Abdullah is not a kid. He is throwing others' lives in danger. New people have come on the political horizon. They are moving with few PSOs. Omar and his father and other family members are guarded by 600 to 700 security guards," he said.

Lone said had Shah Faesal joined National Conference, then he would have been a "good man" for Omar.

"Now he has launched his own party, so he becomes a New Delhi's agent. Omar should get his mental system treated,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti questioned the grounds on which the accused in the Samjhauta blast case were acquitted by a court on Wednesday.

"Despite damning evidence, the accused including a former RSS member have been acquitted. God forbid, had they been Kashmiris/Muslims, they would be pronounced guilty & imprisoned without even a fair trial. Why such double standards and leniency towards saffron terror?" the former chief minister asked.

Mufti's reaction came after a special court in Haryana acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta train blast case that left 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, dead in 2007.

The blast in the India-Pakistan train took place near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007, when it was on its way to Attari in Amritsar, the last station on the Indian side.

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