In a shocking incident in Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi, who is infamous for hailing Pakistani militant Hafiz Saeed, was featured in a Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign poster that also showcases Mother Theresa, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and celebrated singer Lata Mangeshkar, among others.
The poster also had J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, tennis star Sania Mirza, astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi and J&K Health and Medical Education Minister Asiea Naqash.
With Asiya Andrabi having been portrayed and projected as a role model, alongwith other prominent women personalities of the country, in a State Government function organized in Kashmir, there remained little doubt as to who were the "de jure" rulers in the State of J&K, said Harsh Dev Singh, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister.
He said that a CDPO was being made a sacrificial lamb by the government by deflecting the blame to her and by suspending her which was totally unacceptable.
Shameema Akhter had told TOI that she had instructed a chowkidar in the area to make the banner of women achievers, and he had mistakenly put Andrabi among women achievers. Sajjad Lone distanced himself from the goof-up and tweeted that the publicity wing of the department works in decentralized format and CDPO's devise their own publicity campaign which does not require approval of higher authorities.
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The function, where the banner was displayed, was attended by a PDP minister and several legislators.
"The CDPO in question has committed a grievous error of judgement by including Ms Asiya Andrabi in the list of distinguished women achievers of the country", he said.
Andrabi, the pro-Pakistan chief of "Dukhtaran-e-Millat" (daughters of the nation) organisation is now in jail under Public Safety Act for her separatist activities.
"In any case, the department unambiguously states that Asiya Andrabi is not a role model neither for the women of Jammu and Kashmir nor elsewhere in the world", the minister said adding, "She at best is an aberration, representing the aimless fringe afflicting societies across the world".