Failure of the terrorist and fundamentalist groups to win even a single seat in the Pakistan’s general elections has come as a slap on the face of the top terror handler Hafiz Saeed and others like him and it needs to be replicated in Kashmir where the pro-Pakistan separatists have launched a campaign to eulogies the terrorists and encourage violence.
The Pakistan electorate has created a narrative by outrightly rejecting all 265 candidates, including Saeed’s son Hafiz Talha Saeed, fielded by the newly formed Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek (AAT).
Former Chief Minister and PDP leader, Mehbooba Mufti, was quick in appreciating rejection of terrorists and fundamentalists in the Pakistan election. She tweeted; “It is heartening to know that the people of Pakistan have rejected extremist forces in the elections. This is the strength of democracy. One always gets to choose”.
It is heartening to know that the people of Pakistan have rejected extremist forces in the elections. That is the strength of democracy. One always gets to choose. https://t.co/QFk1ViOpu8
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) July 26, 2018
Saeed, who heads the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit and is Mumbai attack mastermind, is also an UN-designated terrorist.
It is worth mentioning that the Kashmir based top separatists, including Sayeed Alishah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin malik, in their statements continue to describe the slain terrorists as “mujahid” (who struggles for Islam) and have been arranging crowds during their burial.
The hypocrisy of separatists has been exposed during the elections in Pakistan. While they have welcomed a democratic government in Pakistan, but in Kashmir they have been issuing diktats against democracy by describing it un-Islamic. They have already asked the electorate to boycott the coming panchayat and other elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan’s address On the TV yesterday after winning the Pakistan elections, and particularly his reference to Kashmir is being debated in Jammu and Kashmir in which he did not make any mention of the Pakistan sponsored terrorism.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) tried to connect itself with Imran by claiming it was “encouraging that his address on ties with India revolved around the roadmap of the PDP”.
The PDP that was facing disintegration after Mehbooba Mufti lost power in the state was probably trying to derive political benefit by trying to connect its stand on Kashmir with what Iman said in his address.
In a tweet, the PDP said; “peace overtures from @ImranKhanPTI is a logical move & people of J&K warmly welcome it. We appeal the governments of both the countries to make J&K a bridge of friendship between India and
Pakistan and not a pivot of hostilities”.
A retweet by PDP said; “Gr8 to c optimism in @ImranKhanPTI address. Encouraging that his adress on ties with India revolved around the roadmap of @jkpdp. We have been insisting that trade can strengthen ties between two nations in order to bring stability in sub continent. Kashmir can b the trade hub”.
Another retweet by the PDP said; “Democracy in #Pakistan has to flourish. Pakistan’s stability is tantamount to entire South Asia. Congratulations @ImranKhanPTI. Hope you will take the boat across. Again good luck democracy”.
Naeem Akhtar, a former PDP minister, tweeted; “For us in J&K the victory of @ImranKhanPTI will make a sense only if he proactively uses his popularity across his country and influence in deep state to rebuild peace process and help us achieve dignified peace free of violence and terror. Best of luck skipper”.