Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti on Friday slammed the Indian government over abrogation of Article 370.
While speaking at India Today Conclave 2019, Iltija Mufti questioned what the Indian government is doing while Pakistan has been speaking for Kashmir internationally.
“You have Pakistan speaking for Kashmir internationally. What is India doing?” Iltija Mufti asked.
Iltija Mufti said that the past number of days of blackout in Kashmir has widened the gap between the people of the Valley and the rest of the country.
“Days of blackout have widened the gap,” Iltija Mufti said.
She also said that the people of Kashmir feel that their culture and identity will be subsumed if Article 370 will be abrogated.
“There is no sense of normalcy. It is a concerted propaganda of the Indian government,” she said.
When asked about justification provided for the Article 370 move, Iltija Mufti said, “Do you want to persecute minorities now for unfinished business of partition?”
She slammed the BJP-led government and said institutionalising repression and using brute force is not how “you are going to win hearts”.
“Do you win over hearts through brute force?” Iltija Mufti asked.
She further said that if the government wanted to win the confidence of the Kashmiri people, then they must roll back the abrogation of Article 370.
“You want to win confidence of the kashmiri people, then you have to roll back. It has increased alienation towards the rest of the country,” Iltija Mufti said.
QUOTES FROM THE SESSION
> “How long will you keep using Pakistan as an excuse for everything related to Kashmir? Most of the youth who are drifting towards militancy hold PhDs, are engineers and graduates. They have seen so much in life,” Iltija Mufti said.
> “Do you know Burhan Wani joined militancy after he was picked up by the security forces…koi pagal nahi hai ki wo achanak pathar utha k fenkhane lagta hai [No one is mad to just pick up stones and throw them for no reason],” Iltija Mufti said.
> “I am not justifying them…I am trying to humanise them. The government has a concerted agenda to dehumanise kashmiri people,” Iltija Mufti said.
> “You showed more feelings when Chandrayaan-2 rover failed. In Kashmir, nine million people have been incarcerated. Do you not feel empathy for them?” Iltija Mufti asked.
> “With the abrogation (of Article 370), you have played into the hands of terrorists and Pakistan. The average kashmiri views India as an “occupational force”. Most of them are not even thinking of Pakistan. They want freedom. It’s the truth,” Iltija Mufti said.