Mehbooba stokes controversy again, says ‘youth in Kashmir preferring to hold gun’

Srinagar (NVI): In yet another shocking remark, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said that the youth in the valley is “preferring to hold a gun” rather than “going to jail forcibly” while claiming that the militancy has also witnessed a rise in BJP rule at the Centre.

The PDP chief, who is on her maiden visit to Jammu after her release from 14-month detention, came up with the controversial remarks during a press conference here. While talking to media persons at her party office in Jammu, Mehbooba alleged that because of the high-handedness of the Government, the youth in Kashmir are left with no option but to pick up arms.

She further said that Article 370 and other provisions of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir were not only meant for Muslims of Kashmir alone but for entire Jammu and Kashmir and were indeed brought by Maharaja rule to save the Dogra culture.

“We want 370 back and they (BJP) will have to return everything snatched from us on August 5, 2019,” Mehbooba said.

“The darkness that started here post August 5, 2019 has engulfed Jammu also and people here are too much worried with the sequence of events,” she claimed.