Kashmiris being silenced through barrel of gun: Mehbooba

Srinagar, August 25 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti, has said that Kashmiris are being silenced through the barrel of the gun.

Mehbooba Mufti said this while addressing to workers at People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) meeting in Srinagar.

“Kashmiris are shell shocked. They can’t express themselves. PSA (Public Safety Act) awaits those who speak truth. Journalists are being harassed, arrested, deprived of getting passports. A young man who had captured the video when an army vehicle mowed down an elderly woman in North Kashmir’s Bandipora was booked under PSA. This is height of repression and abject shame,” she said.

“There is so much suppression,” the PDP chief said, adding that this suppression can be tackled and get rid of by the unity which is the need of the hour. She said somebody’s ideology can’t be changed on gunpoint or using sticks.

Mehbooba Mufti said, a misinformation campaign against PAGD is being run by some elements and attempts are being made to create confusion and misunderstanding and we have to be firm and cautious.

The PDP chief said, “BJP is allowed to meet without any restrictions. Recently Apni Party held a youth convention in Bandipora but we are being stopped on one or the other pretext. This is total clampdown,” she said.

Mehbooba Mufti said, Article 370 had secured our land and jobs, but now outsiders are on prowl. “You can see how outsiders have taken control of sand extraction contracts. How NHPC (National Hydro Power Company) has looted our resources and power projects. In Pulwama recently, police were swirling lathis against local sand contractors to safeguard the interests of outsiders,” she said.

She said BJP is pursuing policies which are hard to understand. One day, Indian Prime Minister says they have to win the hearts of people in Kashmir and the other day, some of his lieutenants threaten Kashmiris.

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