SHIMLA, Jan. 12 -- On January 3, Jammu and Kashmir's two former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti scathingly attacked each other on social media after the latter visited the family of a militant in south Kashmir.

Abdullah accused Mufti of using the dead militants to rehabilitate her "badly damaged reputation" while Mufti in-turn blamed the NC vice president of failing as an opposition leader to reach out to these families.

The bitter exchange between the two leaders took another dimension when the duo was targeted by another 'emerging' leader of Kashmir and People's Conference chairman Sajad Lone who stated that the two dynasties were "enacting theatre".

In the restive state where leaders have to seek security clearance be...