Peoples Democratic Party president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that whatever was snatched from Kashmiris on August 05, 2019, will have to be returned with interest.
Addressing party workers on the occasion of the 22nd foundation day of PDP at party headquarters, Mehbooba said with the decision taken in August 2019, the Jammu and Kashmir were made scapegoats for gaining votes.
“It is unfortunate that the only Muslim majority state in India was split,” she said, adding that whatever people of Kashmir faced wasn’t done by India and its constitution, but by an individual party.
“The identity of J&K people was snatched illegally and whatever was snatched from people on August 5, 2019, will have to be returned with interests,” she said, adding that “when India can achieve freedom from British after 70 years when BJP can snatch special status of J&K after 70 years, then why can’t we fight out rights.”
The PDP president said that the J&K people want to live with India and thus will continue to raise their voices and seek the restoration of special status.
She appealed to the youth to shun the militancy, saying that some people want youth to take up arms, but “the youth should stay away from that culture. We will raise our voices peacefully. We have to learn from Mahatma Gandhi. We need to learn from him.”
Mehbooba said that J&K people preferred to stay with India due to its democratic nature, but whatever was given to the people by India itself has been snatched.
“Today forces are not fighting enemies, Pakistan and China, but with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. They (forces) have created fear among the people,” she said, adding that people are being threatened for raising their voices.