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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Mufti’s "live and let live" policy has boomeranged

[b]Mufti’s "live and let live" policy has boomeranged[/b]

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

Ghulam Nabi Azad was initially reluctant to take over the reins of power in his beleaguered state of Jammu and Kashmir, for obvious reasons. But now he is saddled with a firm determination, not only to ferret out rampant corruption, but also to retrieve Kashmir from the clutches of the continuing morass of political degeneration and moral turpitude. Three months in office is too short a period to judge one’s efficiency on this hot seat. It is a Herculean task to stem the rot, which has got accumulated over the years, especially during militancy. He has at least set in motion a system of governance and accountability.

Ostensibly, his priorities are different as head of the Congress-People’s Democratic Party coalition government, than that of his predecessor, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. The latter had held to his chest the cherished theme of 'live and let live' as an instrument of 'peace' with militants, mainly the Hizbul Mujahideen. He provided them the much-hyped 'healing touch' therapy. The 'gentleman' (he has been so described by his daughter, PDP Chief Ms Mahbooba Mufti) hardly knew that this 'live and let live' policy was not going to pay him in the long run.

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