Article 370 will be restored, says Mehbooba Mufti on Azad remark

JAMMU — Reacting to veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks on Article 370 in his Baramulla rally, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said, “it was his personal opinion but there are voices in J&K who firmly believe that it will be reinstated and she was one of them.”

“Gandhi ji, Pt Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Subhash Chander Bose, Bhagat Singh and other freedom fighters fought against British rule at a time when there was disappointment among the people… hopelessness among them that they couldn’t fight them (British). Similarly, I feel and believe that removing Article 370 has complicated the matter further,” she told reporters outside party headquarters here.

“The way Congress fought against British rule and ended their atrocities. Similarly, there are many such voices in J&K, which firmly believe that we will not only reinstate Article 370 but also resolve this dispute,” she added.

The PDP president further said, “Had you ever thought that LK Advani would shake hands with Yasin Malik, who is presently in Tihar jail and PM (Narendra) Modi would go to Pakistan to attend the wedding of Nawaz Sharif’s grand-daughter? Had anyone ever thought that Muzaffarabad road would be opened? Therefore, it depends upon thinking. We have positive thinking and we will not only fight against BJP atrocities but also bring an end to them and resolve the Kashmir dispute. Article 370 will also be reinstated. This is my opinion. Azad Sahib and BJP may have different opinions, what can I say about them?” — (Agencies)