BJP Has Pushed Kashmir Youngsters Towards Despondency: Mehbooba

Srinagar- Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that her party sees no hope in the Sunday's speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jammu alleging that Kashmir has been turned into a laboratory and that the political process here has been destroyed.

Addressing a news conference, Mehbooba Mufti alleged that the BJP-led Central government has pushed the youngsters of Jammu and Kashmir towards despondency.

"What hope can we have? The prime minister spoke about the youngsters and the future of Jammu and Kashmir. What future do they have? As if the PSA (Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act) was not enough, youngsters are now being booked under the UAPA," former Chief Minister said.

She said Modi's statement was ironic as opportunities of employment and business in Jammu and Kashmir are being given to outsiders.

Prime Minister Modi had said that the youth in J&K will not face what their fathers and grandfathers faced.

“Yes, PM is right in saying that youth here wouldn’t see what their grandfathers and fathers have witnessed as they will be booked under UAPA, harassed by NIA and other agencies, they will be jailed, they will be shifted to Tihar jail.

She said the Centre has put up the land of Jammu and Kashmir for sale, adding, "It is offering a 50-per cent stamp duty reduction for people buying land here."

"Jobs are going out, mining leases and liquor licences are also given to outsiders. The electricity produced in Jammu and Kashmir powers homes and factories across the country, but the situation in Kashmir is terrible on this front as well," Mufti said.

The former chief minister also said that the people here have been pushed to reel under darkness even in the holy month of Ramazan. “The government left no stone unturned to push J&K towards darkness. The present power scenario is ample proof,” she said

Mufti said the prime minister's visit to Jammu and Kashmir comes in the backdrop of him being a "silent spectator" when 20 crore Muslims in India were "facing bulldozers".

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