India must assume leadership of SAARC nations: Mehbooba
Addresses rally in Srinagar on party’s 23rd foundation day
Post by on Friday, July 29, 2022
Srinagar, July 28: Former Chief Minister of J&K and PDP President, Mehbooba Mufti Thursday said that PM Modi must assume leadership of SAARC if he intends to make the country a Vishwa- Guru (world leader). She said, “The road to becoming the Vishwa-Guru passes through Kashmir”.
Addressing the 23rd foundation day of the party here in Srinagar, the PDP president said the Kashmir issue has become a “stumbling block” to realising full potential of SAARC and added the road to becoming the world leader does not pass through G7 nor G20 or QUAD but through SAARC alone. “India has to assume its role of a true leader of SAARC nations and involve the neighbouring countries in constructive dialogue to take them out from the menace of hunger, poverty and grief,” she said. Asserting that despite of being the only Muslim majority state, in 1947, Jammu and Kashmir rejected Pakistan and accepted the idea of a secular India. “But we had our own identity, our own flag, our own constitution. Give us our confidence back. Unless you resolve the Kashmir issue, your dream of becoming a world leader will never turn into reality,” Mehbooba said. She also demanded amnesty to the Kashmiri youth jailed in different prisons of the country. Mehbooba said that hosting Amarnath Yatra is Kashmir’s centuries-old tradition and that Kashmiris have been exhibiting the best example of communal harmony during the pilgrimage.
However, in the recent past, the manner in which Yatra is being conducted is nonetheless a punishment for the people of Kashmir. “Frequent frisking, barricading the highways, suspending traffic for hours is causing people insurmountable predicaments. Patients die halfway reaching hospitals. All such theatrics are enacted to manufacture misplaced euphoria among the Indian masses that Yatra has been conducted with such spiking numbers,” she claimed. While speaking over ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ initiative, the PDP president said the innocent school children and small-time traders are coerced to purchase flags and hoist them atop school buildings and shops. She said such farce heroism has yielded no positive results in the past and it will not yield any positive outcome in the future.
Mehbooba said that the tall claims of the BJP about rehabilitating Kashmiri Pandits are proving a farce and that the community is bearing the brunt of the pervasive indifferent attitude being adopted towards their rehabilitation. “If the Modi-led government can open the Kartarpur corridor, why it is reluctant to open Sharda Peth for Kashmir Pandits which is located in Kashmir administered by Pakistan? Why are two yardsticks being adopted?,” she questioned.