Election aimed at fighting for special status: Mehbooba

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti leading protest rally in Pulwama on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Younis
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti leading protest rally in Pulwama on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Younis

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Apr 24: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said that the Parliamentary elections were aimed to fight against the forces who are hell-bent in ending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba who was addressing workers at circuit house in South Kashmir’s Shoipan district, said that this election was not meant for electric poles, wires, macadamization of roads and other related things but against the forces who are trying to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.

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The PDP president said that the election is aimed at safeguarding the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. “This election is simply aimed to protect the special status of J&K,” she said.
Earlier, Mehbooba led a protest march in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district against the suspension of cross LoC trade, highway ban and Jama’at-e-Islami ban.
Talking to reporters, Mehbooba said that while fighting with militants, their families must not be harassed.
She said that the situation is uncertain in Kashmir. “People are being arrested.  After Jammat-e-Islamia, JKLF was banned and its chief Yasin Malik was arrested.  He is ill and his situation is worsening.  He should be released”, she said.
The PDP president also said that the LoC trade that was one of the CBMs has been suspended.
She said militant families are also being harassed and houses damaged.  “Militant bodies are being mutilated in encounters, night raids are being conducted to arrest youth. A two-day ban on the highway has also been placed.  We are protesting against all these issues”, she said.
Mehbooba said that tinkering with 35A will threaten the relationship of Kashmir with the rest of India.