Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party President and former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Monday said that militancy has witnessed a sharp rise during BJP rule and youth of Kashmir prefer to hold gun rather than going to jail.
She said that they (PDP) want Article 370 back in Jammu and Kashmir and added that BJP will have to return everything snatched from the people of J&K.
Talking to media persons at her party office in Jammu, Mehbooba Mufti said that Article 370 and other provisions of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir were not meant for Muslims of Kashmiris only but entire Jammu and Kashmir and that they were [indeed] brought by Maharaja rule to save the Dogra culture.
“We want [Article] 370 back and they (BJP) will have to return everything snatched from us on August 5, 2019,” Mehbooba Mufti said.
“The darkness that started here post-August 5, 2019, has engulfed Jammu also and people here are too much worried about the sequence of events,” she further said.
In reply to a question, Mehbooba said that present government is following an iron-fist policy and whosoever speaks against it is being pushed to jail.
“It is only because of such high handedness of the government that youth in Kashmir prefer to hold gun rather than going to jail forcibly, and militancy has also witnessed a rise in BJP rule,” she said.
In reply to a question related to her controversial remarks over holding the national flag, Mehbooba Mufti said that she took an oath of both Jammu and Kashmir’s constitution and Constitution of India and will hold both flags together.
She further suggested Government of India to learn from the foreign policy adopted by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and to restore normalcy on borders with Pakistan where innocent people are dying due to firing.
“I reiterate the slogan of Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for the opening of more and more border routes on Indo-Pak borders,” she said.
She also said that Late Mufti upheld national flag in Jammu and Kashmir at a time when he was socially boycotted.
While accusing BJP and Government of India of snatching the resources of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba said that even things like sand and clay from rivers of Jammu and Kashmir are being snatched with local people getting sand at a cost of twenty-one thousand rupees per vehicle. She said all this is due to anti-people policies of the ruling party.
She said that people of Jammu and Kashmir do not get a place in employment now which is a cause of concern and is worrying everyone in Jammu as well.
Regarding PAGD’s decision to contest DDC polls unitedly, she said that the decision by Congress party to contest polls with the alliance has already been announced by its Chairman, Dr Farooq Abdullah.
She, however, added that modalities of distribution of tickets for DDC polls under the PAGD banner are yet to be finalized. KNO