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Mehbooba to BJP: Don’t behave like tribal raiders


Urging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not to behave like tribal raiders, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has said the "people of Kashmir know how to shoo away the raiders". "I want to tell the BJP that when the tribal attackers raided Kashmir, the Indian Army was not here. It was the Kashmiris, who without a weapon or a stick shooed them away," Mufti said at a convention organised by the youth wing of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Srinagar on Sunday, Indian Express reported.

The PDP chief noted Kashmir's relationship with India is constitutional and based on love, but the BJP has played with the dignity and identity of the people. Stating the people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the youth, are going through a difficult period, Mufti urged them not to lose hope. She lauded the "determination and courage" of PDP's youth wing president Waheed-ur-Rehma Parra, who made his first public appearance at the convention since being released on bail after more than a year of incarceration in an alleged terror case.

"If someone asks me what is PDP…I will tell them the PDP is Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, who faced difficulties, who faced the jail but didn't make a compromise," she said. Mufti also criticised the government's decision to allow the sale of beer from the departmental stores. Moreover, at the convention, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, the PDP Youth president, made his first public appearance since being released on bail after more than a year of incarceration in an alleged terror case.

"I want to tell the BJP that when the tribal attackers raided Kashmir, the Indian army was not here. It was the Kashmiris who shooed them away without a weapon or a stick," Mufti said while addressing the convention. Mufti noted that Kashmir's relationship with India is constitutional and based on love, but the BJP has played with the people's dignity and identity. Mufti also said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the youth, are going through a difficult period, but urged them not to lose hope. She lauded Parra's "determination and courage." "If someone asks me what is PDP…I will tell them that PDP is Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, who faced the difficulties, who faced the jail but didn't make a compromise," she said. She also criticised the government's decision to allow the sale of beer from departmental stores.


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