Former Chief Minister and president of People’s Democratic Party, Mebooba Mufti on Saturday said that after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s limited autonomy J-K has been “thrown into chaos” and the Government of India should address the actual problem.
Mufti made the remarks while the Home Minister Amit Shah is in Srinagar for first visit since the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s limited autonomy.
Mufti in her tweet said: “HM inaugurating international flights from Srinagar and laying foundation of new medical colleges isn’t new. Half a dozen medical colleges were sanctioned by UPA [United Progressive Alliance] government and are functional now. Post Article 370 abrogation and an engineered crisis, J-K has been thrown into chaos.”
Mufti further said that “this crisis is of GOIs making and instead of reaching out they opted for cosmetic steps that don’t address the actual problem”.
She added that “ideally HM’s visit should have been preceded by following up on PM’s assurances post the all party meeting”.
Mufti said: “CBMs [ Confidence Building Measures] such as lifting the siege that J-K has been put under since 2019, releasing prisoners, ending the harassment people here face on a daily basis, taking tangible steps to revive the economy especially horticulture would have provided a sense of relief.”
She said: “Instead prior to his visit 700 civilians were detained, booked under PSA and many shifted to jails outside Kashmir. Such oppressive steps further vitiate an already tense atmosphere. ‘Normalcy acrobatics’ are in full swing while reality is denied and obfuscated.”