Wachi: National Conference leader Ali Mohammad Sagar on Thursday said that Kashmir was not a colony of India and his party would continue to work for the restoration of the state’s autonomy.
“Jammu and Kashmir chose to be a part of India on certain conditions. The state only acceded to India; we didn’t merge with the union of India like other princely states. On the contrary, our leadership secured the state its flag, its own constitution, and other benefits for the protection of its identity through the Delhi agreement,” Sagar said while addressing a public meet at Chitragam, Wachi – according to the party statement.
“We the people of Kashmir are the rightful and equal citizens of India,” he said, adding, “When we ask for restoration of pre-1953 status, we aren’t seeking anything new. We are seeking what was taken away from us.”
Sagar further said that the NC and the people of Kashmir did not need any sermons on tolerance and pluralism. “People of Kashmir have always upheld inter-religious camaraderie even during the most trying times. NC has always nurtured the age-old tradition of tolerance in our state. However, Mufti-Jagmohan tarnished and dented that age-old predisposition of ours by engineering the migration of Kashmiri Pandit community. Our party abides by that rule, and we will continue to work for the protection of the secular and pluralistic character of our state.”
Flaying PDP President Mehbooba Mufti for deceiving the mandate of people, Sagar said, “Today we see Mehbooba shedding crocodile tears over the miseries of people. But wasn’t it Mehbooba in whose stint as CM of the state people were barred from offering Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid for 52 consecutive Fridays? It was in her reign that people were not allowed to offer the Eid Nimaz. Now it is time for people to seek answers from her.”
He added that the much-touched catchphrases of PDP, “Goli Se Nahi Boli Se (Not with bullets but with words)” and “healing touch”, never materialised while the party shared power with the BJP in the state.
“The mask that the PDP put on fell off after they opened the floodgates for BJP to come into the state. People have perceived the real face of PDP during the past four years,” the NC leader said, adding, “She never let go any chance to eulogise Modi. She had publically said that Modi gave her what she even hadn’t asked for.”