Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti made a shocking comment on Article 370. She said that if Article 370 is revoked, then India would become an “occupying force” in Kashmir, just like Israel which is an occupying force in the Gaza Strip.
Explaining the reason for the BJP pulling their support to her former PDP-led coalition government in Kashmir, Mufti said,
“Whenever I talked to them (BJP) about Kashmir issues, they agreed. But they (BJP) ultimately pulled out of the government because they did not like our demands of extending the cease-fire for more than a month, the recovery of the power projects in Kashmir and dialogue with both Pakistan and the separatists.”
Speaking on the legality of Article 370, Mufti continued:
“The relation of J&K with India is based on Article 370. The article legalizes the relation. Once you remove article 370, India becomes an occupying force in Kashmir and there is no legality left in the relationship between India and J&K. the contract is off. They (India) can become an occupying force in Kashmir, like Israel which is an occupying force in Gaza.”
Recently, Mehbooba Mufti Blocked Gautam Gambhir After Twitter Spat Over Article 370
Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir on Monday was blocked by PDP chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehboota Mufti on Twitter after a spat between them on controversial Article 370.
The spat began with Mufti’s tweet, saying the revocation of the Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, would mean the Indian Constitution would not apply to the state any more. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which Gambhir joined in March, has promised to scrap the article in its election manifesto.
Mufti used a couplet from a poem by Allama Iqbal, the translation of which means: “O people of Hindustan, you will die if you do not understand even now, and your memories too would be wiped out from history.”
Gambhir responded: “India is not a blot like you which can be wiped out.” Mufti replied: “Hope your political innings in the BJP is not as abysmal as your cricket career!”
Mufti blocked him on the social media platform for some time, after which the two took more swipes at each other.
On April 2, Gambhir had also gotten into an argument on Twitter with Omar Abdullah over the National Conference leader’s statement that his party would work towards restoring the post of “prime minister” in Jammu and Kashmir.
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