Mehbooba urges Taliban to be careful, says world is watching them

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Asserting that the role of guns is over for Taliban, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has called upon the group to be careful with their acts saying the world is watching their behaviour.

“Taliban made US forces flee from Afghanistan but the entire world is watching how they would behave with the people. I urge the Taliban not to commit any act that forces the world to go against them,” Mehbooba said today while addressing a gathering at south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The PDP chief, according to the news agency – Kashmir News Observer (KNO), also said New Delhi must “restore Article 370” and resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue if it is “really interested” in ensuring peace in Jammu and Kashmir and the subcontinent.

She said that for everlasting peace in Kashmir, the Government of India “must restore (the) special status which they snatched illegally on August 5, 2019 and also resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue”.

Mufti said that in 1947, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru entered into accession with the then J&K leadership with a promise that the identity of people would be protected by all means and a special status would be granted.

“Had BJP been in power at that point of time, J&K wouldn’t have been part of India today,” she said.

Mehbooba also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of misusing the agencies to “crush dissent” in Kashmir.

“If better sense doesn’t prevail in the BJP camp, India is all set to break into parts on communal and religious lines,” she said.

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