Mehbooba Mufti urges youth in Kashmir to follow Gandhian path and shun violence


Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and People’s Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that whatever was snatched from Kashmiris on August 05, 2019 will have to be returned with interest.

Mufti said that the illegal and unconstitutional actions of August 5 and beyond have only added to the complexities of the J&K issue whereby those with full faith in the democratic and constitutional mechanism of our country have been deeply hurt and feel betrayed.

“Whatever was snatched from people on August 5, 2019, will have to be returned with interest…when India can achieve freedom from British after 70 years, when BJP can snatch special status of J&K after 70 years, then why can’t we fight for our rights,” said Mufti. The PDP chief was addressing party workers in Srinagar on the occasion of 22nd foundation day of the party. Mufti said that the people of J&K want to live with India and thus will continue to raise their voice and seek the restoration of special status.

The former chief minister said that youth should shun militancy and violence and appealed to them to stay away from gun culture. “We have to learn from Mahatma Gandhi. We need to learn from him,” said Mufti. “Today (armed) forces are not fighting enemies, Pakistan and China, but with the people of J&K. They (forces) have created fear among the people,” she alleged.

Mufti accused that the BJP has bulldozed democratic institutions of the country and operate like the East India Company and only bothered about land resources and not the people and their aspirations. “For BJP like East India Company every citizen of the country is a suspect and guilty until proven innocent,” said Mufti.

The PDP chief reiterated that the changing geo-political scenario is proving the agenda and roadmap of PDP was more relevant today than ever before. “It is our belief that peace in the South Asian region and the prosperity of people is subservient to sustainable peace in J&K,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mufti also appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Kashmir to probe the killing of three youth in encounters, saying that people have suspicion regarding these killings. “IGP should probe the recent killings of Zakir, Imran and Azad Mushtaq. The facts in this regard should be made public,” she said. Family of one of the youth killed wanted to meet Mufti, but she claimed that authorities didn’t allow them to meet her. She also referred to three youths of Rajouri, who were killed in a fake encounter in Shopian in July last year, saying that similarly recent killings need to be probed.



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