Govt Seeking ‘Character Certificate’: Mehbooba

Baramulla: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Thursday accused government of India of conducting guided tours of foreign envoys to Jammu and Kashmir in return of an all is well certificate.

Addressing the first party workers convention of district Baramulla after August 5, 2019, Mehbooba said that the very efforts “smack of ill intention” when the government instead of trying to win hearts of minds of the people of the state, is seeking “character certificate” from the envoys of foreign nations through alleged guided tours to misrepresent the situation on ground.

“Instead of winning the hearts and minds of the people of J&K, New Delhi puts all its efforts to woo foreign envoys and seek their certificate on the situation here. Whereas the fact of the matter is that having almost a million personnel on ground in J&K the government still feels insecure,” she said.

“No matter what they try to project in these guided tours, the world knows the reality of Kashmir. Where people have been robbed of their constitutional rights, voices muzzled and hundreds put in prisons without a rhyme or reason,” she added.

She further said that though the government wants to change the goal posts, no amount of coercion can change the battle for the restoration of the special constitutional position of J&K and resolution of the larger political issue through dialogue & reconciliation remain fundamental demands & desires of the people.

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