Kashmir: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah attacked PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti of shedding “crocodile tears” over the encounter of terrorist Hizbul Mujahideen Manan Wani and showing “fake sympathy” to the Kashmiri students of Aligarh Muslim University charged with sedition.

Taking to Twitter, Omar Abdullah wrote, “Ms Mufti’s Govt made every effort to trap and kill Manan Wani coming close a few times. Her fake sympathy & crocodile tears for dead Kashmiri militants worked for a few years, they won’t work again.” Attacking the former J&K CM, Abdullah said she is in no position to criticise anyone for “relentless violence”.

Responding to Mufti’s statement “slain terrorist Wani was ‘victim of relentless violence’ in Valley“, Abdullah tweeted: “How short Ms Mufti’s memory is! She forgets that she was the architect & beneficiary (it kept her allies in good humour) for her entire period in office…”

“She headed the Unified Command which directed the security forces to execute ‘Operation All-out’ and she famously justified the killing of young protestors in 2016 saying ‘they aren’t coming out to buy milk or toffees’,” he said.

“Ms Mufti’s Govt made every effort to trap and kill Manan Wani coming close a few times. Her fake sympathy & crocodile tears for dead Kashmiri militants worked for a few years, they won’t work again,” he added.

Mehbooba Mufti had on Thursday said the fact that a Ph.D scholar chose death over life has a strong message that unless a dialogue is started, local youth will continue to die. Commenting on Wani’s killing, she said, “Today a Ph.D scholar chose death over life & was killed in an encounter. His death is entirely our loss as we are losing young educated boys every day.”

Wani, a Ph.D scholar of Aligarh Muslim University, had joined militancy in January this year. He belonged to Lolab area of Kupwara district and was killed in an encounter along with his local associate in Shatgund village of the same district.