Participation in elections was must to avoid “Pakistani agent” label: Mehbooba Mufti

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said the participation of unionists in elections was a must to avoid being labeled as “Pakistani agents”.

Mufti expressed ‘displeasure’ for allegedly being labeled as Pakistani agent, saying her late father and PDP founder, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed faced ‘social boycott’ for hoisting tricolor in Jammu and Kashmir.

She said “BJP is like anti-national party who worship Mahatma Gandhi’s murderer, Nathuram Godse, needs not to teach lessons on nationalism”.

The former CM said the present dispensation at centre wants to label every Kashmiri as “terrorist and Pakistani” to gain brawny points. She said participation of regional mainstream political parties in ongoing DDC election was necessary to avoid being labeled as Pakistani agents

“Our participation in the ongoing DDC election was must to avoid being labeled as Pakistani agents. My late father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed faced social boycott for raising tricolor in Kashmir and I am being labeled as anti-national. I am a nationalist by heart and don’t need any certificate from anti-national forces,” Mufti told reporters.

She also said that BJP will never succeed in its nefarious designs of dividing the nation on communal lines and this strategy of the saffron party will bring nothing other than ‘humiliation’ for it.

Mufti also said that BJP has never treated Kashmiri people as family members; the way people of other states are treated, saying their aim is to destroy Kashmir from the core.

“They have never treated Kashmiri people as family members. Their sole purpose is to destroy Kashmir. I don’t know what results BJP’s hatred towards people of Kashmir yields,” she added. (KNO)

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