In Chenab valley, Mehbooba reiterates demand for article-370 restoration

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti called for a united struggle to seek the restoration of Article 370

She also sought the resolution of the Kashmir issue so the bloodshed in the Union Territory comes to an end and said her voice alone is weak.

Mufti, who is on a five-day tour of the Chenab valley region, was addressing a party convention at Dak Banglow in Kishtwar, where she was accorded a warm welcome by party activists and supporters, Press Trust of India reported.

“I am confident that we will get back Article 370 with interest and also ensure the resolution of the Kashmir issue to end bloodshed in the region. However, I cannot do it single-handedly as my voice is weak and you need to lend your voice to support me,” she told the well-attended gathering.

The former chief minister said that Article 370 was snatched from the people of Jammu and Kashmir and anything which is snatched away is bound to be returned with interest

“They have taken our honour, our skull cap, our turban and how it is possible that we keep it with them. We have to join hands to seek an end to the bloodshed which is consuming our lives and the lives of our jawans,” she said and referred to the recent targeted killing of minorities and the latest killing of five troopers including a Junior Commissioned Officer in an encounter in the Poonch district.

Mehbooba said she saluted former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who despite being a member of the Rashtriya Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP did not care for vote bank politics. He went to Pakistan to initiate a dialogue that paved the way for peace and the end of bloodshed to a large extent in J-K.

Taking a dig at the BJP-led government at the Centre, the PDP leader said they talked to Pakistan secretly to ensure ceasefire along the borders which also led to an appreciable drop in the infiltration of militants. However, over a dozen rounds of talks were held with China despite being intruded by its troops in Ladakh and the killing of Indian troopers.

“When we call for a dialogue (with Pakistan) to end the bloodshed in J-K, they get annoyed. We want an end to the bloodshed but they are not bothered because the UP elections are coming near and they have nothing left except the politics of hatred,” she said.

Claiming that the country is in danger under the BJP rule, she said, “We all – Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians – have to come together not only to save J-K but the entire country. Otherwise, they will trample the whole country like they did to the farmers in Uttar Pradesh recently.”

She alleged that the BJP is not a well-wisher of anyone and their only aim is power and to achieve that they will go to any extent.

She also questioned the claims of the BJP over the large-scale development happening in J-K after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019. She said, “All I see is development deficit with problems of people compounded manifold.”

Mehbooba said the BJP is claiming that normalcy has been restored but the ground situation belies its claims.

“I unequivocally condemn all killings but by stopping me from meeting the family of Parvez Khan (who was shot dead by security forces in Anantnag district last week after his vehicle jumped a checkpoint), does the administration want us to selectively condemn killings,” she said.

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