Former Union minister in the first Congress-led UPA government, Saifuddin Soz, has suddenly turned a Musharrafite. He identified ‘truth’ in former Pakistani Dictator Parvez Musharraf’s statement on Friday, which actually was issued many years earlier.
Musharraf had claimed that Kashmir actually yearned for independence. They don’t want to ‘belong’ either to India or to Pakistan.
‘Musharraf said Kashmiris don’t want to merge with Pakistan, their first choice is independence. The statement was true then and remains true now also. I say the same, but I know that it is not possible,’ said Saifuddin Soz to a news outlet.
A former National Conference leader, Saifuddin Soz joined the Congress in 1999 after he voted against the motion of confidence moved by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Lok Sabha on April 17, 1999. He was elevated to the post of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief in 2008.
While his stand on the issue may further damage the chances of his party in the forthcoming elections in the state, he seems to care little.
However, this has attracted harsh comments in the social arena. Twitter and Facebook shortly buzzed with comments against Saifuddin Soz. They remembered what he had to say two months ago. Soz courted controversy when he said, ‘I wish the mainstream parties in Kashmir realise, in full measure, the genuineness of the stand taken by the Joint Resistance Leadership of the Hurriyat Conference on the issue of a purposeful dialogue process between New Delhi and Kashmir.’
Last year too, Soz managed to hit the headlines with his burhan Wani sympathy. He claimed that he would have kept the terrorist alive ‘for a dialogue’.>