The National Conference on Sunday launched an attack against Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for allegedly saying that she was "ashamed as a Muslim over the Pampore attack", reported NDTV. "This is the same Mehbooba Mufti who used to say that terror has no religion. Now suddenly she sees terror as an offshoot of Islam for which Muslims should be ashamed. This is shameful coming from a chief minister," party spokesperson Junaid Mattu said.
On Saturday, alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives opened fire at a Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, and killed eight jawans while injuring more than 20 others. At the wreath laying ceremony on Sunday, Mufti said, "Nothing can be achieved by this...We are only defaming Kashmir and the state by these acts. We also deal a setback to the religion we practice."
Mattu condemned the incident and expressed condolences for the family of those killed in the ambush. "While our hearts go out to the families of the martyred CRPF personnel, we are shocked at the chief minister's continued desperation to jump on the Islamic terror bandwagon. One wonders what her compulsions are, but this is tragic. She's either still trying to prove her loyalty to the RSS and VHP or she has pledged to assail Muslim societies, Muslim countries and Islam as a convenient medium of political empowerment," he said.