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Mehbooba Mufti Refers To Afghanistan Over J&K Statehood, Sparks Row


Mehbooba warned the Centre “to not test us” over J&Ok statehood. (FILE)

Srinagar:

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday requested the Centre to take a lesson out of Afghanistan the place the Taliban seized energy and made the US flee, and urged the federal government to carry dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir and return its particular standing which was revoked in 2019.

Ms Mehbooba’s remarks drew a pointy response from the BJP which accused her of indulging in “politics of hatred” after shedding floor within the Union Territory and stated anybody who conspires in opposition to India might be destroyed.

Referring to the Taliban seizing energy in Afghanistan, the previous Chief Minister warned the Centre “to not test us” and requested the federal government to “mend its ways, understand the situation, and see what is happening in your neighbourhood.”

“America, a superpower, had to pack their bags and flee. You (the Centre) still have the opportunity to start a dialogue process in J-K like (former PM) Vajpayee had and mend your mistake of snatching the J-K’s identity illegally and unconstitutionally and splitting of J-K, otherwise it will be too late,” she stated, referring to the choices of August 5, 2019.

Addressing her celebration employees in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, Ms Mehbooba additionally appealed to the youth to not decide up arms, saying the problem can’t be resolved with weapons or stones.

“The Government of India should return what it has snatched from us and address the Kashmir issue according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of J-K,” she stated.

Citing the instance of Afghanistan, the PDP president stated the problems can’t be resolved by weapons or stones.

“The Taliban are now controlling Afghanistan and they made the US to flee. But, right now, they are saying the gun will not do. The whole world is watching them, how they will behave, whether they will do the same strictness or behave well with the people,” she stated.

Ms Mehbooba stated there was a lesson for the folks of J-Ok within the scenario in Afghanistan.

“I request the youth to resist by staying alive and do not lose your lives. When you lose your lives, everything is over. The people at the other end do not understand that the youth of Kashmir should not sacrifice their lives. They are not bothered. So, I appeal to all the youngsters not to pick up guns or stones. If you cannot speak with your tongue, then remember the wounds in your heart,” she stated.

She stated America talked to the Taliban and the earlier governments in New Delhi, together with the BJP authorities led by AB Vajpayee, additionally talked to terrorists in J-Ok and “a time will come when they will bend on their knees and ask us what we want”.

“The US talked to the Taliban, India talked to Pakistan and a ceasefire happened. There is no other option but to talk. Whatever is happening behind the doors, God willing, a day will come and they will have to talk to everyone – be it the people of J&K or the people across as Kashmir issue is alive,” she stated.

Saying that India is an concept of varied religions, diversities and ethnicities, Ms Mehbooba stated the Congress celebration saved the nation and stored it collectively and accused the BJP of attempting to divide it.

“What has been happening since the last five-seven years, it seems the BJP is trying to split this country and divide the people in the name of religion,” she stated.

Referring to Jammu and Kashmir’s accession with the Union of India, the PDP president stated had the BJP been in energy then, J&Ok may not have joined the nation.

“The accession did not take place because of the BJP. It happened when Jawaharlal Nehru was in power, who was secular and democratic and who believed in brotherhood. He assured the people of J&K, which was a Muslim majority, of a special status to accede to a Hindu majority India.

“The Congress had joined J&Ok with India on these circumstances. Had the BJP been there, then I don’t suppose J&Ok would have been part of this nation,” she said.

On the criticism that she did not talk about Article 370 at a virtual meet of 19 opposition parties called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday, Ms Mehbooba said she talked about the issue and noted that it was the duty of the Congress to safeguard the people of J&K and see their situation and understand difficulties.

Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina lashed out at Ms Mehbooba for her remarks, and said she “is beneath some false impression. India is a robust nation and our Prime Minister is Narendra Modi in contrast to (US president) Joe Biden who withdrew from Afghanistan. Whether it’s the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, LeT, JeM, or Hizbul… anybody who conspires in opposition to India might be destroyed.”

“The PDP president has dedicated a terrific sin in opposition to the nation. People of Jammu and Kashmir are patriots who love their nation and are preserving the nationwide flag flying excessive. They are serving to the police, Army and paramilitary forces in combating terrorism,” he said.

He further claimed that Ms Mufti has lost ground in Jammu and Kashmir and the people have rejected her.

“Now, she is remembering the Taliban which has destroyed Afghanistan, killed harmless ladies and youngsters, and trampling on the rights of individuals, together with journalists and sportspersons,” Mr Raina said.

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also condemned her remarks.

“Mehbooba Mufti quoted speech is very condemnable & provocative . Rather than preaching peace, exposing Govt on coverage points in case your politics requires you to threaten the institution with violent penalties then clearly you might be steering to fallacious path-Sad & Shameful,” Mr Shergill stated.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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