A tweet put out by Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter, who had been handling her Twitter account ever since her detention, has irked the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Reacting to the Supreme Court’s order on felling of Mumbai’s Aarey trees, Iltija wondered if Kashmiri lives were less important than Aarey trees. "Aarey trees > Kashmiri lives," Mufti’s daughter wrote on Twitter.
"Glad that activists were able to stop felling of trees at Aarey. One wonders why Kashmiris have been deprived of the very same right to free speech & expression. GOI claims they are now at par with other Indians but truth is they’ve been stripped of even fundamental rights," She wrote.
Mehboob Mufti has been under detention since August 5 when the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at Centre announced to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and bifurcate it into two parts. Since then, the Kashmir has been under curfew like restrictions.
The tweets of Muft’ daughter didn’t go down well with the BJP. Nalin Kohli, a ruling party leader termed her remarks “unfortunate” and said that when they don’t get decisions in their favour, they drag the top court for scoring political points.
"While she is entitled to have a point of view, she has made a rather unfortunate comparison to say that the Supreme Court is not concerned with issues, and that too with Jammu and Kashmir. The Supreme Court has heard matters, in fact, ironically, her own daughter went to the Supreme Court and was allowed to meet with her family members and to meet with her mother," Kohli said.
"This appears to be the mindset of such people, who will speak for the Supreme Court as if it's the best institution when they get judgements or orders in their favour, but when they want to do politics, they will even drag the top court and make it a target," he added.