‘Naya Kashmir’ that is being advertised is not reality: Mehbooba

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday accused the Centre of projecting Jammu and Kashmir as “peaceful” whereas the fact was that blood was being spilled on its roads and people were being slapped with anti-terror laws for expressing their opinion.

Speaking at the Aaj Tak Summit here about “Naya Kashmir”, Mehbooba, a former chief minister, said her late father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed had tied up with the BJP in 2014 only because he wanted to usher in a new regime of peace in the state.

“My father had seen a statesman like Atal Bihari Vajpayee earlier and he had hoped that the new regime of BJP will work on the same ideology,” she said.

She questioned the use of the term “Naya Kashmir” and said “the new Kashmir that is being advertised is not the reality. Today an 18-month-old girl is sitting in a protest to get the body of her father who was killed by security forces.”

“Today, a Kashmiri Pandit was killed in broad daylight. The road is covered with the blood of a Bihari man and we call it Naya Kashmir? Is this what we anticipated from the word ‘Naya Kashmir’? Everywhere the situation is projected to be better, then why are the number of paramilitary forces increased, fresh bunkers built,” she asked.

She also targeted the central government.

“Forget ‘Naya Kashmir’ and let us talk about ‘Naya Hindustan’…. In Naya Hindustan, anyone talking about the Constitution is labelled as ‘tukde tukde gang’, minorities irrespective of being a roadside vendor or a film star are socially and economically outcast, farmers demanding repeal (of farm laws) are labelled as Khalistani and booked under UAPA,” she said.              

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