The president of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti on Friday snapped back at the Centre over the abrogation of Article 370 saying that “they have no powers to take away the special status” of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti held her first party meeting in Srinagar on Thursday, nine days after her release from 14-month detention in 13th October.
The meeting, which was conducted at the Fairview Guest House, was attended by top PDP leaders including former ministers and legislators. Mufti was in detention from 5th August last year following the abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state.
Addressing a press conference Mufti threatened the Centre saying that “they are mistaken if they think we will stop our struggle for the restoration of Article 370.” She put up the state flag of Jammu and Kashmir in the conference and said that “My flag is here. As long as our flag is not returned we will not hold any other flag. When we will get this flag back we will hold the other flag. I have no interest in the election. I used to fight election within the Constitution and now it’s not there.”
She stated “As you know that I was released recently and I have been wanting to meet you. I appreciate the role of the media in covering Article 370. A lot of journalists were called by police for their work. We all have to get together in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Mebooba Mufti further said that “My workers are with us and I am thankful to all of them. Jammu and Kashmiri people are shell shocked. They have lost hope. 5th August was loot and theft, it was done illegally and not through legal means. They have no powers to take away the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Whatever is stolen from us, will be returned to us. We stand by our agenda.”
Slamming the BJP she said, “These leaders of BJP have ruined the Constitution of India. This country will work on the constitution and not the BJP manifesto. I am happy Farooq Saab has been supportive of my family. All the leaders came to meet me. Fake TRP media hasn’t left us too, with the fake stories about us.”
Mehbooba Mufti added further, “Our economy is worse than in Bangladesh. They have demonised Muslims, Dalits all downtrodden communities. Kashmir is a problem. You can’t close your eyes to it. PDP always wanted to bring peace to this place. Look at the condition now. China on one side, Pakistan on other.”