IIOJK’s Mehbooba Mufti happy with ‘the hustle-bustle of democracy’ in Pakistan

Srinagar, April 12 (KMS): Hailing smooth transition of power in Pakistan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti said, “Democracy is gaining roots in Pakistan and political stability in the neighbourhood “is good for us [Kashmiris]”.

Talking to media persons outside her party office in Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti said, “Former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto used to say that India is alive because of the hustle-bustle of its democracy [which is at stake under Narendra Modi’s fascist government now]. Today, we are also seeing the hustle-bustle of democracy in Pakistan and the democracy in that country is gaining roots”.

She, however, opined that Pakistan should decide whether it wants a new government or to hold fresh elections so that democracy flourishes there.

“It is our [J&K] neighbour and we want it to be a stable country. They should take a decision soon whether [they] have a new government or fresh elections, whatever they want — so that the democracy flourishes there…. Stability in our neighbourhood is good for us,” she added.

On the contrary she criticized the Modi-led fascist Indian regime’s brutal actions in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Democracy is a battle of ideas. You can jail a person, but not his thoughts. Till there is no reconciliation and dialogue with the people and the youths here, nothing will be achieved by this policy of arresting people. Rather, the people of J& K will be further alienated,’ the PDP chief said.

“They (police) are punishing the whole population. If your fight is against a militant, you arrest him, fight him, but what have common people done? A Kashmiri Pandit brother was attacked in Shopian and they have arrested 100-150 youths. They also arrested several for the Jamia Masjid sloganeering incident,” she said.

Asked about the seizing of properties of those falsely blamed for harbouring mujahideen, Mehbooba Mufti said that it was “wrong”. She also called for dialogue and reconciliation with the people of Kashmir.