Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 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 the party headquarters, Mehbooba said that the decision taken in August 2019 made Jammu and Kashmir a scapegoat to gain votes.
“It is unfortunate that the only Muslim-majority state in India got divided,” she said, adding that whatever the people of Kashmir faced was not done by India and its constitution, but by an individual party.
“The identities of the people of Jammu and Kashmir were illegally snatched away and whatever was snatched from the people on August 5, 2019, will have to be returned with interest,” she said, adding that “when India was 70 Years later, we can get freedom from the British when BJP can snatch the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after 70 years, then why can’t we fight for rights.
“The ceasefire has resulted in peace and less infiltration along the borders. She said that this has brought relief to the people. “We are talking to China which has occupied our land. You (government) may not accept it but it is so. The Shimla Agreement and Tashkent Agreement between India and Pakistan were about Jammu and Kashmir,” Mehbooba Mufti said.
She said that the dream of PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of trade and travel between the divided parts of Jammu and Kashmir was realized through the efforts of the then Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh. “Re-negotiate with Pakistan and reopen Muzaffarabad and Rawalkot trade routes,” she said.