SRINAGAR: Chairperson Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) Syeda Aasiya Andrabi on Tuesday said Narendra Modi cannot “hoodwink” people of Jammu Kashmir by resorting to “deceptive rhetoric”.
She was referring to Modi’s speech during the inauguration of the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Sunday.
“The tunnel was inaugurated to facilitate the free-flow of occupational forces to Kashmir and to save resources that India spends while its forces are being transported via the traditional Patnitop route. Otherwise, how is a tunnel going to help Kashmiris,” Andrabi said in a statement.
“Modi inaugurated just a tunnel and termed it an economic corridor. This is a joke of the millennium,” she said.
On Modi’s ‘tourism’ remarks, Aasiya said this sector largely benefits New Delhi. “The only way tourism affects JK is that it promotes an alien culture and destroys the ethos of this Muslim-majority place. Tourism also promotes immoral practices and that is what India wants,” she said.
She said the time to “hoodwink” the people of Kashmir has gone. “This is not the period when Shiekh Abdullah told that he will do anything and everything and people accepted that as gospel truth. Those Kashmiris have died and the new breed is educated and is able to differentiate between the deception and reality. Modi can’t befool Kashmiris anymore,” she said.
Andrabi said Kashmir’s economy has been destroyed under a well-thought out conspiracy “by the puppets in JK in connivance with India”. “The major economic sector in JK included agriculture, horticulture, and the small scale handloom industries. These sectors, under a conspiracy, have been destroyed with an aim to cripple Kashmiris economically and not to allow them self-sustain,” she said.
“That is the reason all our resources have been plundered. If allowed to flourish, these sectors would have turned Kashmir into a hub of economic activities.”
She said the “so-called” 2016- 2026 development plan of India is to allow the rich Indian industrialists to “loot more resources” in Kashmir. “The existing resources like forests, agriculture, and horticulture is being looted and Indian authorities are shamelessly boasting that they will develop the economy of Kashmir,” she said.
“An end to the illegal occupation is what we consider as development and we will die rather than spending life in slavery,” she said.