Pre-August 5, 2019 status and not mere statehood is our priority; says Mehbooba Mufti

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Kupwara : The former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state and president of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday said that what the PAGD has been asking for is restoration of pre-August 5, 2019 status of Jammu and Kashmir and not mere statehood.

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a party function here, Mehbooba Mufti said that the contentious Kashmir issue should be resolved by initiating dialogue with Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir as there has been lot of bloodshed over it. She also demanded the release of all Kashmiri people including political leaders who are languishing in various jails in and outside Jammu and Kashmir.

Mehbooba Mufti also criticized the BJP led government for anti-people policies, stating that it was suppressing all those voice which raise concern over its policies. “Any voice raised against them is suppressed,’’ she said, adding that “such voices are not being silenced only in Kashmir but everywhere in the country.

“Recently everybody saw how they arrested a 21-year-old girl for raising her voice in favour of the farmers who are protesting against farm laws,” she said. However, more harsh measures are being taken in Kashmir, she added.

On being asked about the future of PAGD, she said that the alliance is talking about the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and people of Jammu and Kashmir want this alliance to work and it will continue to work till people want it to work.