New Delhi: Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti on Tuesday said Jammu and Kashmir has grappled with an economic, psychological and emotional crisis from the time Article 370 has been abrogated by the Central government. Also Read - 'Kim Jong-un Would be Proud of Such Orchestrated Diplomacy': Iltija Mufti on Envoys' Visit to Srinagar
“I am talking not just as Mehbooba Mufti”s daughter, but also as an anguished Kashmiri. We all know what has been happening since Article 370 was abrogated,” Iltija said.
Addressing a press conference, Iltija Mufti said that Article 370 was working like Kashmir’s emotional connect with the rest of India, and its abrogation has come at a great cost.
“It was an emotional connect for Kashmiris with the rest of the country and that was abrogated. The clampdown had had a huge cost and Jammu and Kashmir is grappling with an economic, psychological and emotional crisis,” she said.
Talking about the Central government’s claim that normalcy is returning to the valley, Iltija alleged the central government was spreading misinformation about the condition of Kashmiris.
“I really think the government is indulging in propaganda and spreading misinformation. The rest of the country and the envoys who visited Kashmir were told that we enjoy equal rights but in reality you can’t even use VPN in Kashmir right now,” she said.
Saying that she has a deep respect for Prime Minister Modi, she said the PM is being misled by people. “I have respect for the prime minister as everybody else should. But I feel very sad that he is being misled or he is willfully misleading the country. What rights do Kashmiris have right now?” she asked.
The statement from Iltija comes as her mother Mehbooba Mufti has been detained after Article 370 was revoked on August 5 last year and Jammu and kashmir was divided into two union territories.