Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday reiterated that Article 370 is the nation’s commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and therefore should be honoured, she said at an event organized by The Indian Express.
Mehbooba Mufti said autonomy is an idea within the Constitution of India and that we need to replace the idea of azadi with a better idea.
“There is a misconception that Autonomy or Self-rule is anti-national… It’s all in the Agenda for Alliance,” she said. “What after (even if we chose to be) separate? We need to have a plan of action, need self-respect, then a bright future,” Mufti added.
Talking about the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the chief minister said it has improved since last year but cautioned that media discourse today is not good for Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India.
“A section of media is not helping in reconciliation. If such media was in there in 90s, then J&K would not have been with us. Many news channels are not helping in reconciliation but adding to the problem,” she said.