02 August, 2021

Farooq's New Recruit

A 'renegade' militant joins hands with the National Conference

Farooq's New Recruit
outlookindia.com
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STRANGE as it may sound, Javed Hussain Shah, the constable-turned militant-turned pro-government mili-tant-turned politician is now breaking bread with National Conference (NC) activists in Srinagar's heavily guarded MLA hostel. Shah has not been inducted into the Conference but on September 6 he broke his two-year-long association with the counter-insurgency kingpin Kukka Parrey of the militant group, Ikhwanul Muslimoon. Shah and his five associates, including his wife Naheed, have withdrawn from the electoral contest and have declared their unconditional support to Farooq Abdullah. Though NC spokesman Saifudin Soz has denied that the former militants and his associates have joined his party, the popular impression is that some deal has been struck with the former militants.

Shaking hands with the former ultras has been a cause of considerable embarrassment for Farooq Abdullah. The NC has been accusing the Congress of using former militants in its election campaign. Ironically, the NC leader who has been the loudest in this criticism, Ali Moham-mad...

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