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‘If he wants to arrest me…’: Mehbooba dares Kashmir police chief after her re-election as PDP chief

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday dared the police chief for valley, Vijay Kumar, saying “if police plans to arrest her for her work, so be it.”

Her remarks came soon after Mehbooba was re-elected as the president of People’s Democratic Party which was founded by her father Mufti Mohammad Syed.

Kumar, the inspector general of police for Kashmir, without naming anyone had stated that some political leaders were instigating people by spreading false rumours.

“Let IGP Kashmir do his duty. I will do my job the way I am doing. If police wants to arrest me for what I am doing, so be it,” Mehbooba told reporters at her Gupkar residence in summer capital, Srinagar.

Kumar, who is an Indian Police Service officer, had said that police won’t hesitate in preparing a dossier and if needed, and action would also be taken against politicians.

The PDP chief said that she will continue to strive hard to take forward her late father’s mission and vision. “I want to see the end to sufferings of people that include denial of body of a slain son to his father. I won’t allow Kashmir to become a ring of war for India and Pakistan and instead Kashmir should become a bridge of peace between the two nations. Dialogue is the best way to resolve issues,” she reiterated.

After succeeding her father Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who passed away in January 2016, this will be Mehbooba’s second term as PDP president.

A PDP spokesman said that Mehbooba was unanimously re-elected as party president for the period of three years, adding that her name was proposed by senior party leaders including Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura and Khurshid Aalam.

Members of the PDP electoral college from Kashmir & Jammu provinces voted to elect the party president.

The three-year term of Mehbooba as the party president ended on October 31st last year but fresh elections were not held due to COVID–19 pandemic.

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