Stating that there were lessons to be learned from the farmer protests, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said “none of them carries gun or stone in their hand”.
“Today you can see that the world is advocating their cause. Why they do not advocate our cause? It is because we have been bracketed as terrorists so as to delegitimise our aspirations and our struggle,” Mehbooba, the People’s Democratic Party chief, said while addressing a rally in Anantnag district.
“What does gun bring? Our minors get killed. See Athar Mushtaq of Below in Pulwama, I think he had just passed 10th and entered 11th standard, and he died at (Lawaypora) HMT. His father seeks body. He called me that his son is buried in Sonamarg and urged me to get permission so that he could properly lay him in the grave there now. This is limit of injustice,” She remarked and asked: “should we talk about it or remain silent?”
“People have been in difficult times for the last 70 years. Thousands of people have been sacrificed whether a militant, a surrendered militant, a common man, a policeman, or a government forces personnel,” she said.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister who ran the government in coalition with Narendra Modi’s BJP, added: “The presence of 10 lakh soldiers reflects Kashmiri is an issue which needs resolution.”
“In peace times, roads and lanes are laid automatically. Even recently elected DDC members can do it,” she said during her address which was attended by hundreds of PDP workers.
“Jammu and Kashmir issue is not about roads and lanes but a far bigger issue. When there is peace, roads and lanes would be laid automatically. They can be even made by DDC members elected recently,” she said.
She also demanded “whatever India has taken away should be returned back with interest.”