In the first public rally by any political party in Srinagar after last year's unrest, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said idea can not be jailed or killed and appealed all mainstream leaders to help find a way to end the bloodshed in the Valley and heal the wounds of the people.
She also praised the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "man of the moment", who, as she believes, can be the true harbinger of peace and stability in the Valley.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday termed as "politically incorrect" the statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in which she had warned the Centre against tinkering with Article 35 A of the constitution. Does she even know what 35 (A) is?
"If today we aren't satisfied with what Kashmiris are asking for, what is in the mind of a stone-throwing teenager but there is something behind why he is throwing stones and we have to understand that", she said. According to her, it is just widening the gap between India and Kashmir.
Mehbooba said India was incomplete without Jammu and Kashmir.
She also downplayed the NIA's recent crackdown on the Hurriyat terrorists. They make efforts to integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India with respect and dignity. "Unfortunately, with the passage of time something happened somewhere that both sides started doing dishonesty".More news: Work to make BJP 'invincible', Shah tells party workers
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"Rather than addressing the problem, we took administrative measures like dismissal of government or making charges of conspiracy, sedition...we had all these things against separatists which at times led to their hangings, weapons exclusive to Kashmir and more security measures and increasing number of security people".
The same was given Constitutional sanction by Article 35A of the Constitution of India read with Section 6 of the Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir. "I want to see that India which accepted us on our conditions".
Referring to the failure of New Delhi in implementing Prime Minister's Working Group recommendations, she said, "We don't need to reinvent the wheel". "It will promote people-to-people contacts and lower the intensity of acrimony on the two sides of the divide", the CM said.
She has challenged the notification dated April 20, 1927 issued by the Maharaja Bahadur of Kashmir, which takes away the right of a wife or widow otherwise available to them as state subject unless she resides in State and does not leave the state for permanent residence outside the State.
She appealed the central government to tread the path of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and revive the Lahore Declaration pact between India and Pakistan so that people in J&K can live peacefully.