BJP wants to erase name of Sheikh Abdullah: Mehbooba

PDP supremo Mehbooba Mufti addressing a press conference in Srinagar.
PDP supremo Mehbooba Mufti addressing a press conference in Srinagar.

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Aug 21: The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today said the Government of India is punishing those who are propagating the idea of India in Jammu and Kashmir while Pakistan is honouring those who further their cause here.
Mehbooba told reporters that in the case of Mushaal Hussein Mullick, the BJP and RSS regime should learn lessons from Pakistan.
“In case of Mushaal, there is something to learn for the BJP RSS Regime that Pakistan is rewarding those they think are furthering their ideas on Jammu and Kashmir but unfortunately what our Government does is to punish people who stood by and propagated the Idea of India in J&K,” she said.
The PDP chief said here the BJP wants to erase the name of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who stood by India against Pakistan.
“Sheikh Mahammad Abdullah being a case in point who the BJP wants to erase from history. Nothing less can be said about Mufti sahib who held the idea of India so dear to him,” she added.
Mehbooba said that Mushaal is not a terrorist but BJP is promoting terror accused people like Sadvhi.
“I am not an advocate of Mushaal but she is not any terrorist or even a terror accused unlike her husband. But in the BJP, we have terror accused people like Sadvhi Pragiya Thakur who openly calls for genocide of Muslims and BJP is rewarding such people,” she said.
The PDP chief termed the recent statement of Ghulam Nabi Azad on Indian Muslim as highly regrettable and said that it echoes the ideology and narrative of RSS BJP against the Muslims of the country.
Azad had said that all the Muslims in India were essentially Hindus who had converted to Islam only some time back. Mehbooba said that Azad’s remarks were “dangerous and divisive” and that they “resemble the language of the RSS, BJP, and Janasangh”.
She said that such remarks “manifest in the atrocities and violence against Muslims in the country”, as evidenced by the recent incident in Uttar Pradesh where the parents of a Muslim boy who had married a Hindu girl were lynched.
The former CM said that Muslims in India are “unsafe” because of this mind-set. She said that the government is supposed to build houses, but the BJP government is “busy demolishing them selectively, especially those that belong to Muslims”.