Mehbooba denounces dismissal of Salahuddin’s sons, others

Jammu, July 13 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, denouncing the Indian Government action on dismissal of 11 employees including two sons of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Sayed Salahuddin on sedition charges, PDP president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that criminalization of dissent and witch-hunting is taking India back.

While talking to media persons in Jammu, she said, “I am not supporting anyone. But you can’t hold a child responsible for actions of his father unless and until you have proof”.

Stating that these are not 11 people only but the government has so far sacked 20-25 employees this year, Mehbooba Mufti said that one can capture a man but not an idea. “I have said that again and again, you can capture a man but not an idea. You have to address the idea. Witch-hunting, criminalization of dissent is taking our nation backward not forward,” she added.

In response to a query over contradictions in Gupkar Alliance, the PDP chief said that if an alliance partner does something different from others, PAGD has nothing to do with it as the alliance has come into existence on two issues; 370 and 35-A. “Gupkar Alliance has to remain strong as aspirations of people of J&K are attached to it,” she added.

On the occasion, prominent social activist and Advocate Anil Sethi joined the PDP and expressed faith in policies and programmes of the party.