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Tinkering with special status of J&K would have disastrous consequences: Mehbooba

Srinagar, Jul 28 : Asserting that her party would fight tooth and nail to protect the special status of J&K at any cost, former chief minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti Sunday said that let it be very clear that those who touch our special status would actually be triggering a bomb that would lead to devastation.

“We are facing and onslaught. Our special status and identity is being targeted. We are being disempowered politically and economically. In such times, PDP will take lead to fight such designs. You will have to be prepared to fight a long and hard battle that would require us to render more sacrifices,” she said while addressing a function here to celebrate the PDP’s 20th Raising Day.

“We have been selectively harassed in past and may see so in future too, because everyone knows that ours is the only Party that will stand strong as a wall against attacks on our special status,” Mehbooba said.

The PDP president said that while the state is witnessing an onslaught on its special status and “attempts are being made to disempower our people politically and economically, PDP will fight such designs tooth and nail at any cost.”

She criticised National Conference leader Omar Abdullah’s statement that “Government of India must wait for Supreme Court’s final verdict on Articles 35-A, 370.”

“He (Omar) told New Delhi not to fiddle with Article 35 and wait for Supreme Court verdict. But I ask you is any person in J&K ready to accept the fiddling of Article 35A by the Supreme Court or any other institution. We convey to the Center that any tinkering with Article 35A will be like setting powder keg on fire,” Mehbooba warned.

“If any hand tries to touch Article 35A, not only that hand, but that whole body will be burnt to ashes,” the former CM warned.

“Even if Mehbooba Mufti is jailed for this, you shouldn’t feel low. We are ready for anything, but PDP will not allow fiddling with special status of Jammu and Kashmir,” she told her workers.

“Till the time we kept BJP engaged, we insulated the state from any step from the centre against our special status. It was no small thing to get Modi Lead union government to do month long ceasefire in the state, appoint a cabinet secretary rank interlocutor and make many offers of unconditional dialogue at the union home minister level. But we did achieve all this,” she added.

The former CM asked party workers to rededicate themselves to the agenda of peace and development through dialogue and reconciliation as envisioned by PDP founder late Mufti Muhammad Syeed.

Mehbooba asserted that PDP’s agenda is the only viable roadmap to get the state out of political uncertainty and that the party has proven track record of delivering on its promises.

“Whether it was the government lead by mufti sahib in 2002 or the subsequent times, PDP lead the way towards a peaceful and prosperous J&K. Getting New Delhi and Islamabad to engage, initiating dialogue with the separatists, disbanding Task Force, giving incentives of the improving security situation to common people & ushering in a new era of development in the state have been the hall mark of PDP rule in the state, She said.

Underlining how late Mufti reined in even the staunchest opponents of state’s special status and dialogue, Mehbooba reminded that the ‘Agenda of Alliance; between PDP and Bhratiya Janata Party (BJP) saw BJP giving in writing that they won’t touch the special constitutional status of J&K & would pursue a policy of engagement and dialogue with Pakistan and separatists for the resolution of Kashmir problem.

All the top party leaders and functionaries including Abdul Rahman Veeri, Ghulam Nabi lone Hanjura, Mehboob Beg, Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Aga Syed Mohsin Mustafa, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Asiya Naqash, Syed Faroooq Andrabi, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Raja Manzoor, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, Javeed Beg, Ab Majeed Padder, Mohammad Yawar Mir, Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Yusuf Bhat, Abdul Rahim Rather, Zaffar Manhas, Anjum Fazili, Sartaj Madni, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain Sohrwadhy, Nizam ud din Bhat, Ab Razaq Zawoora, Ab Qayoom Wani, Muntazir Mohi u din, Javeed Sheikh, Ab Qayoom, Abdul Hameed Kosheen, Waheed-ur-Rahman Para, Bashir Ahmad Mir, Nazir Ahmad Khan and Javaid Mirchal. Rouf Ahmad, Dr Samiullah, Dr Ali Mohd, Nazir Ahmad Yatoo, Ajaz Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Ab Bari Andrabi, Showkat Gayoor, Haji Parveez, Haji Mohd Ashraf, Arif Laigroo, Ali Mohammad Bhat were present on the occasion and addressed the workers.

Party’s foundation day functions were also held at party office Jammu and other district headquarters of the state, a PDP spokesperson said.

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