Mehbooba Mufti said the people of Jammu and Kashmir do not accept the unconstitutional abrogation of Article 370
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that the people in Jammu and Kashmir are angry and feel humiliated after the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central government stripped the erstwhile state of its special status while bifurcating it into two union territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
The PDP President was speaking to reporters after attending the all-Party meeting called by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Mehbooba Mufti said, “People of Jammu and Kashmir are in pain since August 5, 2019. They are angry and feel humiliated.”
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir do not accept the unconstitutional abrogation of Article 370,” she further expressed.
The PDP chief said that she told the Prime Minister that people of Jammu & Kashmir are angry and humiliated post August 5, 2019.
“I told the PM that Article 370 was unconstitutionally and illegally revoked by the BJP. I told him that PDP and people of J&K will fight for months and years to get back Article 370 as we have not got it from Pakistan or from China but from Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Valabhai Patel and that restoring special status was highly inevitable,” she said.
Mehbooba Mufti said that she told the PM that if the Government of India is talking to China, why it can’t take forward the process with Pakistan.
“I told him that the fresh talks have led to ceasefire and zero infiltration and that is why, can’t it go further,” she asked.
Pertinently, restoration of statehood and Article 370 were among a series of demands that dominated the crucial All-Party Meeting (APM) of Jammu and Kashmir politicians chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and co-chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday.
Among other issues raised by the leaders of political parties were the rollback of Domicile laws, holding Assembly elections and guaranteeing the land laws and job rights.