PDP wants resolution of Kashmir dispute through talks

Wednesday – February 17, 2021
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), people’s democratic party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, Tuesday, called for resolution of the Kashmir dispute through talks among Pakistan, India and the Kashmiris.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), PDP president Mufti in an interview in Srinagar also called for restoration of the IIOJK position as it existed before the August 5, 2019, move of the Indian prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi led government.

She said that PDP was not demanding the statehood status for Jammu and Kashmir but wanted restoration its pre-August 5, 2019, position of the occupied territory.

She said her party wants settlement of the Kashmir dispute, for which thousands of youth have sacrificed their lives and the Kashmiri people have faced loss of property worth billions of rupees, through dialogue among Pakistan, India and the Kashmiris.

PDP president Mufti said that the Modi regime was suppressing every voice of dissent in the occupied territory and India.

She said the atrocities being committed on the people of Kashmir are now being perpetrated on the farmers in India.

However, she said the magnitude of the brutalities faced by the farmers in India is far less than what the people of Kashmir have gone through.

On the question about an open first information report (FIR) filed by Indian national investigation agency (NIA) against the Hurriyat leadership and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), she said that the authorities first arrest people and then implicates them in false cases.

She said that many leaders of her party were arrested in the same manner and there was no rule of law but the “jungle raj” prevailed in Kashmir. She also called for immediate release of all illegally detained Kashmiris.

She also demanded ‘the harshest punishment’ to the Indian troops who tried to abduct and molest a minor girl in Bandipora district, the other day.

PDP president Mufti while demanding an impartial probe into the incident in a tweet said that locals in Bandipora have said that Indian troops tried to abduct and molest a 9-year old girl.

“Her family is now being pressurised to withdraw the FIR. It’s complete travesty of justice,” she said.

Meanwhile, Bandipora senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rahul Malik told media in Srinagar over the phone that FIR in this regard has already been registered and investigation has been set into motion.

Separately, people from Bran village of south IIOJK’s Islamabad district held a protest demonstration at press enclave in Srinagar against the forcible land grabbing by Indian paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) personnel.

The protesters said that without any consultation with the locals, the CRPF has initiated a process to occupy the grazing land comprising 100 kanals. They added that this will prove disastrous for the locals as they graze their cattle in these fields from centuries and today they are being forcibly deprived of their land.

The protesters said that from past few days, CRPF troopers are visiting the said land and are demarcating it.

“We raised the issue before IIOJK’s Islamabad deputy commissioner but to no avail. Today we met IIOJK’s divisional commissioner who assured us of action that will be in the interest of people,” they said.

They said the land has walnut and other trees. “It is a grazing land and if it will be occupied by paramilitary personnel, our cattle will die,” they feared.