At her first Valley public meet, CM Mehbooba makes a case for India

Draws comparison with ‘violence-ridden’ Pakistan, Muslim countries

Anantnag: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday targeted the idea of Pakistan, lashed out at ‘perpetual violence’ in Muslim countries and hailed the Ganga-Jamni tradition of India in her maiden public appearance in the Valley after assuming the top office a month ago.
She said the accession of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 was not with a particular party but with the “entire population of India that included communists, BJP and the RSS”.
The chief minister spoke to a gathering of hundreds of people at Anantnag railway station where a fast train was flagged off to operate between Banihal and Baramulla.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu and minister of state in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh actually flagged off the train from New Delhi through video conferencing while Mufti, deputy chief minister Dr Nirmal Singh and a host of local MPs and legislators made their presence at Anantnag on the inaugural ceremony.
“India is a country where more Hindu pilgrims visit Ajmer Sharief shrine than Muslims and Mulsim sculptors create idols for major Hindu temples,” Mehbooba said.
She said that this Ganga-Jamuni tradition of India encouraged Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah “to accede to a country where we could safeguard our special status”.
“When we look around the world we see violence in Muslim countries. Our Muslim countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria have suffered the maximum devastation due to the presence of guns,” she said.
“Look at our neighbouring country Pakistan where people belonging to the same religion live. On an average 10 to 20 people are killed and many others hanged. Pakistan was misused in gun culture by the US and Russia,” she added.
She claimed that accession with India has benefited Kashmiris, who are not identified with the “violence-ridden Muslim countries.”
“We have our doctors working in the US and London. They tell us that when they introduce themselves as Indians, they are not judged with suspicion,” she said.
She said that her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was impressed by Indian traditions while studying at the Aligarh Muslim University. However, he regretted that benefits of the accession have not reached the common people.
“India has a lot of good things but the things we received were rigging in elections, guns and crackdown,” she said.
She said that accession with India was not with a particular party but with the entire population of India.
“The accession has been done with the entire population of India that includes the parties like Congress, BJP, Communists and the RSS,” she said.
She said that questions were raised as to why she was not forming the government after the demise of her father.
“I told my colleagues that I would not form the government until I am convinced that the interests of our state were safeguarded.
We have to safeguard the special status of the state. We can do it not by fighting with each other but by joining hands together,” she said.
“The special status of our state is part of Indian constitution. We will safeguard it through the constitutional framework,” she said.
Mehbooba said that “IQ level of Kashmiris is among the best in the world” but they lack opportunities and avenues.
“The IQ level of Kashmiri Pandits is same as that of Kashmiri Muslims but they are more industrious. They have established this throughout the world,” she said.
Accession of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 was not with a particular party but with the entire population of India that included communists, BJP and the RSS
We have our doctors working in the US and London. They tell us that when they introduce themselves as Indians, they are not judged with suspicion

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