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Mehbooba Mufti calls for united struggle for restoration of Article 370

By PTI

JAMMU: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday called for a united struggle for the restoration of Article 370 and resolution of the Kashmir issue to end the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir, saying her voice is “weak” and she cannot do it alone. can.

Mehbooba, who is on a five-day visit to the Chenab Valley region, was addressing a party convention at Dak Bungalow in Kishtwar, where she was warmly received by party workers and supporters.

“I am confident that we will take back Article 370 with interest and also ensure a solution to the Kashmir issue to end the bloodshed in the region. However, I cannot do it alone as my voice is weak and you need to give your voice to me. 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 whatever has been snatched has to be returned with interest “They have given our respect, our skull cap, our turban and how is this possible.” That we keep it with them. We have to join hands to end the bloodshed that is destroying our lives and the lives of our jawans.” Officers in an encounter in Poonch district.

Mehbooba said that she saluted former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who despite being a member of the RSS and BJP, did not care about vote bank politics and went to Pakistan to initiate talks, which ended peace and bloodshed to a great extent. paved the way for JK

Hitting out at the BJP-led government at the Centre, the PDP leader said they spoke secretly to Pakistan to ensure a ceasefire along the border, which also led to a significant drop in infiltration of terrorists, while more than a dozen rounds of talks took place. . With China despite infiltration and killing of Indian soldiers by its troops in Ladakh.

“When we call for talks (with Pakistan) to end the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir, they get angry. We want to end the bloodshed, but they don’t mind because of the UP elections,” he said. are coming closer and they are left with nothing but the politics of hate.” ,” He said.

Claiming that the country is in danger under the BJP’s rule, he said, “All of us – Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians – have to come together not only to save J&K but also the entire country otherwise they will end up with the whole country.” Will trample the country like they did with the farmers of Uttar Pradesh recently.”

He alleged that the BJP is not a well-wisher of anyone and their only aim is power and for this they can go to any extent.

She also questioned BJP’s claims on massive development in J&K after abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 and said, “I am only seeing development deficit, in which people’s problems have increased manifold. “

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

“I categorically condemn all the killings, but by preventing me from meeting the family of Parvez Khan (who was shot dead by security forces in Anantnag district last week), does the administration want us to selectively kill? Condemn,” she said. said.

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