Kashmir News Bureau
Srinagar, Jan 05 (KNB): As the deadly assault of 25 year old Arif Ahmad Sofi of Sopore by unknown assailants marked another killing by unknown gunmen in Kashmir, the BJP within no time cashed the woeful situation by ‘falsely’ declaring the deceased as its party member.
The BJP ‘false’ announcement of declaring slain Arif as its party member came on same day when they uploads picture of Kashmiri girls, presented them as Mahila Morcha workers. The statements were however rebuffed by the family of slain youth and the girls in picture respectively.
According to reliable information from the relatives and friends of slain Arif there is no documental proof that he was worker/member of BJP. To seek the documental proof of Asif’s insertion in BJP, when Kashmir News Bureau contacted the BJP’s Sopore town head Farooq Ahmad, he denied talking and put the phone off.
A close friend of Arif while pleading anonymity said -“The BJP resorted to blatant lies while claiming Arif as their worker as they do not have any membership slip or record of him being their member. This dirty politics over dead bodies should stop. Why not anyone from BJP bothered to attend his funeral or pay obituary if Arif was their member.”
“When they can make a fake claim of Mahila Morcha workers, no doubt they are lying about Asif Sofi, where they fear no rebuff,” reads a Facebook post.
Another friend of Arif while talking to KNB said “Whosoever killed him or whatsoever party he was belonging the reality in that the root cause is Kashmir issue and it depicts from Arif’s Whatsapp DP itself in form of urdu couplet of Arif Sofi explains the utmost painful nature of Kashmir Conflict – “Aik Din Hum Bhi Hoongay Makane Malik ,Do Gaz hi Sahi Kabar Ka Raqba to Apna Hoga” (One Day I too will be owner of my house as few meters of grave would be atleast mine).”
“BJP is playing a game in kashmir, whosoever is accused of being killed by militants, BJP owns him….If BJP has any proof let them show the records and if Arif is killed on this allegation then people need to think about it and the people who killed him on wrong assumptions only. If he is guilty make it public or admit guilt and punish the guilty,” reads a Facebook status of Netizen Babar Qadri.
Mohd Maqbool Sofi, the father of deceased strongly condemned the BJP’s statement said that Arif was a true freedom lover and has never participated in any anti Kashmir freedom activity. Maqbool said that BJP’s baseless claim is one worst act of their dubious politics over the killing.
Pertinently, from Social Media to real world people of Kashmir cutting across the political ideologies condemned the killing of Arif Sofi who happens son of prominent Hurriyat activist Maqbool Sofi evoked widespread condemnation from all corners of the society.
The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq condemned the killing of
Arif Ahmad Sofi, wrote on Twitter “Deeply saddened and strongly condemn the killing of 25 year old Arif Ahmad of Sopore by unknown assailants, killing human beings in every form is cowardly and against humanity.”
The Awami Itehaad Party, headed by Engineer Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, asked militants to clear their stand on the killing.
Meanwhile dozens of girls from Tarzoo Sopore village of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district Thursday accused BJP of play¬ing cheap politics and lashed at its woman activist for upload¬ing their pictures of social me¬dia networking sites.
We talked to them after they assured ‘Cutting and Tailoring’ Centre for them but they presented us as BJP Mahila Morcha workers,” the victims said and requested netizens not to abuse them on social media. (KNB)