Kashmir has bleak future, as Article 370 was an emotional connect with India,says Iltija Mufti

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New Delhi, Feb 19: Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija said that Jammu and Kashmir is struggling with an economic, psychological and emotional crisis ever since the abrogation of Article 370 as Kashmiris feel alienated. Article 370 was an emotional connect with India.

Iltija Mufti said the BJP government has no clarity on Jammu and Kashmir as on hand Modi terms it as internal issue and on the other hand specially facilitate the foreign envoy’s visit to the Kashmir to convey the international community that everything is normal in the newly formed Union territories.

Speaking on the issue of foreign envoy’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Iltija Mufti said, “First the Central government said Kashmir is an internal problem and then they themselves bring envoys. But when other envoys want to visit then they (Centre) says this is our internal issue.”

“I think the government is very confused, they themselves have no clarity. They are taking the envoys and allowing them to meet with selected people. The government itself does not know what they want to do. Surely this is not for the development of Jammu and Kashmir,” she added.

Speaking about Mehbooba Mufti, who is currently booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), she said “The charges against her are false and baseless. Why BJP had no problem when they were with PDP, why today we are anti-national, why my mother is anti-national? I ask them.”

Iltija gave these statements at a press conference held at Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC) in Delhi on Tuesday.

Mehbooba along with several mainstream leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including NC leader Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah are under detention since August 5, 2019. Iltija has been handling the social media account of her mother since she was put under detention.

She was placed under detention shortly before the Union government passed two legislations to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the erstwhile state’s special status.

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