Had told centre to release Hurriyat leaders from NIA custody: Mehbooba

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Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir  and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that she did not compromise on anything during her tenure as chief minister of the state while saying that she asked the Prime Minister Narendra  Modi to  initiate dialogue with Pakistan and Hurriyat conference and  release Hurriyat leaders   from NIA custody.

“As many times I met PM Modi I asked him to initiate dialogue with Pakistan and Hurriyat Conference. I told centre to release Hurriyat leaders from NIA custody so that peace will prevail in Kashmir,” Mehbooba said while addressing party workers in Srinagar on Saturday at PDP raising day function.

Talking about her alliance with BJP Mehbooba said that forging an alliance with the right wing party of India was like drinking poison and that she had done so only for the people of Kashmir.

Talking about the much criticized pellet guns that maimed and blinded thousands of Kashmiris, Mehbooba said that she felt as if the pellets were fired on her body.

Mehbooba also appealed  Prime Minister  Modi to respond to offer of friendship extended by Imran Khan who is set to become prime minister of Pakistan.

“Pakistan is getting a new government, a new prime minister. He has made an offer of friendship. I want to appeal PM Modi to respond to the offer positively,” said Mehbooba .

Mehbooba said that Article 35-A is a challenge for all Kashmiri political parties. She appealed to all the parties to set aside differences and fight together to defend the Article.

“All the parties should set aside differences and defend the article the way we did during past two years,” she said.

Thanking her party workers who had turned up at the function, Mehbooba said: “I remained silent during past two years. But today I will talk to you. But you are the workers of my party. Who else to tell other than you. My father and I are indebted to you,” she said.

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