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‘Poisoning people’s minds’: Mehbooba equates Modi government with General Zia’s rule in Pakistan

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday made veiled statements equating the BJP’s rule with that of former Pakistani military dictator General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and accused the saffron party of “poisoning” people’s minds.

She appealed to the people, especially the youth of both Jammu and Kashmir divisions, to come together and fight for the “lost honour”.

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir was referring to working towards the restoration of Article 370 of the Constitution that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. It was abrogated by New Delhi in August 2019.

“What is happening in our country is for everyone to see. Our democracy and Constitution are being destroyed… What is the difference between general Zia-ul-Haq’s rule and today’s India? They are poisoning our country like the Pakistani ruler did there,” Mehbooba said without naming the BJP.

Addressing a public rally, she referred to the recent lynching of a Sri Lankan national in Pakistan and said while the Pakistani prime minister was quick to criticize it, those involved in such gruesome incidents in India were being garlanded.

Mehbooba said while there was animosity against Pakistani founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah for dividing India and the Muslims, “Today, there are hundreds of Jinnah’s polarizing Indians. They belong to the party that did not play any role in the freedom struggle.

“Today, they claim to be nationalists and dub their opponents as traitors and anti-nationals. None of them went to jail during the freedom struggle. They were not even hoisting the national flag on their headquarters until a few years ago,” she said.

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