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Stay away from Gun culture, follow democratic means: Mehbooba to Kashmir youth

Says don’t accept Aug 05 decision that ended accession between J&K, Union of India, want J&K to become model of peace in South Asia, PAGD still intact, centre not in favour of elections in J&K as it wants to rule it from Delhi

(Asian News Hub) – Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the accession between J&K and Union of India has been trashed in 2019 by the BJP led regime at the Centre. She also appealed to youth in the Valley to stay away from gun culture and fight for their rights in democratic way.

Addressing a gathering during membership drive here in Srinagar, Mehbooba said that the decision taken by the central government on August 05, 2019 is not acceptable and the rights and identity snatched from the people here must be restored.
“Those who have turned Jammu and Kashmir into a jail must bear in mind that we don’t accept the decision taken by the government. We will fight for our rights till our last breath. Even if a journalist speaks anything, he is being called and subsequently booked under UAPA,” she said.

“It is not Pakistan but India who had given us the special status. I don’t understand why BJP is getting angry why I am asking my country to restore the identity and special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The government has put an end to the agreement between J&K and Union of India, but still it is the people of J&K who are holding the hand of India. And when we raise any objection, we are being asked to stay calm,” she said, adding that the situation in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh is very critical.

She added that PDP has always played a role in ensuring peace in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the party’s aim is to make J&K a bridge for peace in South Asia and want J&K to become a model of peace in South Asia.

“As SAARC summit is set to be held in Pakistan, we hope our Prime Minister will go there as there is no other way besides dialogue to resolve the issues,” she added.

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the function, Mehbooba said that any movement with guns is bound to fail, saying that this is why she has been appealing to the Kashmiri youth not to lose their lives due to bullets. “If we want to resolve the Kashmir issue, we need to follow democratic way and force the twin neighboring countries including India and Pakistan to hold dialogue,” she said.

“Some people want Kashmiri youth to pick up arms to show the world that they (Kashmiris) are terrorists and there are no issues with them, thus we need to follow democratic means to resolve our issues,” she said.

Asked about silence in PAGD, Mehbooba said that the conglomerate has a great role to play, saying that PAGD is still intact. “If PAGD is not there then who will talk about the issues of J&K people. Dr Farooq Abdullah’s health condition was not good, thus no meeting was held so far,” she said.

About the delimitation process in J&K, Mehbooba said that the central government will always try to keep the power of J&K into their hands so that they can take any decision vis-à-vis UT directly from Delhi. She said the central government wants to execute their decisions without the interference of local government here, and thus don’t want elections to be conducted soon.



Mehbooba Mufti greets people on Ramadhan eve

(Asian News Hub) – Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti has felicitated people of Jammu and Kashmir on the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadhan.

In her message on the occasion, the PDP President hoped the holy month heralds the beginning of an era of peace, prosperity and salvage humanity from the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic. “I pray that this holy month brings along all the divine blessings for our state and its people”, Mehbooba Mufti prayed in her message.

Terming Ramadhan as a month of charity and compassion, Mehbooba Mufti appealed to the well to do sections of society to donate generously for the social causes during this month and added the holy month highlights the values of patience, self-restraint, tolerance and austerity, which promote feelings of compassion and respect for others.

​“Please remember during this month the widows, orphans, destitute, infirm and those who are unable to fend for themselves and try to donate generously for the social causes”, she said in her appeal.

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Leaders didn’t leave when we made them ministers, MLAs, RS members, they can better answer why they leaving: Mehbooba Mufti

‘Flag hoisting order reflects a sense of insecurity on part of GoI, wonder why such directions for J&K only’

(Asian News Hub) – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said that the leaders who quit her party in the recent times preferred to stay in it when they were made ministers, MLAs and Rajya Sabha members and that those who quit would answer in a better way whether they left out of somebody’s pressure or something else.

Talking to reporters at her Gupkar residence here, Mehbooba said that the question why PDP leaders were leaving should be posed to those who have left. “How can I answer this question? Ask those who left. They didn’t leave when we made them ministers, MLAs and even Rajya Sabha members. I don’t know whether they are leaving out of somebody’s pressure or something else. PDP is facing challenging times so is the J&K,” she said as per news agency—KNO.

About the recent directions on flag hoisting on government buildings etc, the PDP chief said that flag hoisting order reflects a sense of insecurity on part of the government of India vis-à-vis Kashmir. “I wonder why such orders are not issued anywhere in India and why in J&K only,” she said.

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How Sajad Gani Lone’s PC is emerging as major political force in Kashmir ?

(Asian News Hub) – Once seen as a peripheral player, Peoples Conference has emerged as a major political force in Kashmir.

The party has emerged as the main challenge for National Conference on political landscape of Kashmir after “decimation “of Peoples Democratic Party and unimpressive” performance of Apni Party in its maiden electoral battle.

After BJP withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti, Peoples Democratic Party has lost 18 members who were MLAs in the last Assembly of erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir.

These members have either left the party or were expelled from it.

The Apni Party, which contested election on 170 seats in district development council polls, managed to win just 12 seats.

On the other hand, Peoples Conference emerge as the single largest party in two politically- significant districts of north Kashmir by winning five seats in Kupwara and three seats in Baramulla.

With joining of political bigwigs like former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig, former minister and two-time MLA Syed Basharat Bukhari, former MLA Peerzada Mansoor and ex-MLC Khursheed Alam, the party has managed to widen its geographical reach and strengthen its electoral prospects.

According to political observers, the party’s traditional votebank in north Kashmir and superb performance in the district development council polls has come as a major boost for it.

“Before 1987, only National Conference, Peoples Conference, Jamaat-e-Islamia and Awami Action Committee had votebank in Kashmir. While National Conference had pan-J&K presence, the other parties had influence in some pockets,” they said, adding that PC was the main opposition to NC in north Kashmir.

According to them, PC chairman Sajad Gani Lone has managed to expand the party after contesting 2009 Lok Sabha polls. “Lone himself has significant influence in six Assembly segments of north Kashmir.

The party general secretary Imran Reza Ansari has followers in different pockets of north and central Kashmir. He can influence outcome on the number of segments in these two regions,” they said.

A senior leader of PC said that joining of Muzaffar Hussain Baig and Syed Basharat has strengthened the party in Baramulla district.

“Baig has influence in Baramulla district as well as on Pahari votebank in different parts of Valley. Basharat has won both the Assembly elections, he contested from Sangrama after he joined politics,” he said.

The PC leaders are hopeful that they will be able to gain foothold in both central and south Kashmir after recent joining’s.

“We already had former MLA Zadibal Abid Ansari in Srinagar. Now with joining of former MLC Khursheed Alam, we will be able to expand the party in central Kashmir especially Srinagar district,” he said, adding that Mansoor’s entry in the party will help them to gain foothold in south Kashmir.

He said the party leaders Abdul Gani Vakil and Raja Aijaz Ali have sizeable influence in Rafiabad and Uri segments, respectively.

In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, National Conference got 2.79 lakh votes in Kashmir Valley, Peoples Conference 1.32 lakh votes and Peoples Democratic Party 83 thousand votes.

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