'Revoking J&K status is assault on idea of India'

'Revoking J&K status is assault on idea of India'

Opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday said any attempt to dismantle Jammu & Kashmir’s special status would be an assault of the idea of India.

Addressing election rallies in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, the PDP patron said being a Muslim majority state in the country, J&K is an asset to the nation and makes India stand out among the modern nations.

“Those who target its (J&K’s) identity are not doing any service either to the country or to the state,” he said.

“Kashmir’s accession to India strengthened the secular credentials of the country and any attempt at dismantling the special status of Jammu and Kashmir would be an assault on the very idea of India,” Mufti warned.

The PDP patron said certain forces in the country consider J&K as the last frontier to be conquered, either for ideological reasons or for simple power politics. “However, any attempt to fiddle with the state’s pluralistic composition and distinct identity is fraught with dangerous consequences,” he said.

He said Jammu and Kashmir is at a defining moment of its history and the ongoing Assembly polls could pave the way for resolution of Kashmir issue and stable peace in the region if the people give a decisive mandate to the PDP.

Mufti said the political subversion and uncertainty that the state has faced in the last seven decades has already taken a heavy toll on its economy and human resources and it cannot afford any further disruption.

“The attempts being made currently by some quarters to squeeze the space for its residents will have to be met with maturity, wisdom, collective action and democratic assertion of our rights,” Mufti added.

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