Youth being arrested in south Kashmir ahead of LS election: Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar,Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday alleged that youth are being arrested from south Kashmir ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

The PDP President is contesting from Anantnag-Rajouri Parliamentary seat against the National Conference candidate Mian Altaf, Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) Mohammad Saleem and Apni Party’s Zafar Manhas.

“I came to know that youth from Anantnag, Bijbehara, Pulwam and Shopian are being arrested ahead of the Parliament election”, Mehbooba told media persons in south Kashmir. She said that nobody is talking about them or who will talk.

The former JK Chief Minister said that PDP is the lone party who will raise the issues of the youth in the Parliament.

“What are the challenges and issues Jammu and Kashmir facing today who will raise them in the Parliament. The people are gradually understanding that PDP has raised the tough issues of the people during the past five years and in the coming time too it will also plead these issues in the Parliament”, She said.

The PDP President said there were three members of the National Conference in the Parliament and during the past five years they never stood and raised the issues of the people of Kashmir.

“If anybody did, it was PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti who spoke outside the Parliament and raised the issues of the people of Jammu and Kashmir”.

She claimed that people now feel that only PDP can resolve the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Reacting to the Prime Minister’s speech calling Muslims of the country as “infiltrators”, Mufti said that BJP is trying diversionary tactics to shift focus from unemployment and inflation in the country.

The PDP President said prices of gas cylinders reached to Rs 1200 from Rs 400 and they had said that Rs 15 lakh would be deposited in everyone’s account. That does not happen besides they failed to provide 20 Crore jobs. That is why the BJP is trying to divert attention and using such tactics.

“Sometime they (BJP) are calling Muslim ‘mass machli khane wale’ and sometimes say Muslims will snatch ‘Mangal sutra’. BJP has nothing except the Hindu Muslim card or to criticize the Congress’ the former CM said.