New Delhi, Dec 5: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti attended the Hindustan Times summit and expressed her opinion on a range of issues affecting the valley including terrorism, unemployment, lack of infrastructure and the growing unrest in Kashmir. The revered leader dismissed the speculation of growing radicalization in the valley and assured that extremist outfit like Islamic State (ISIS) would not penetrate in the region.
“ISIS is a demonic cult which sells the war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq to attract youth towards it. However, their hardline version of religion is against the teachings of true Islam. Kashmir has a sufi culture and therefore, the valley would straightaway reject their evil ideology. They will not penetrate in the region,” said Mehbooba, the daughter of current chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. (ALSO READ: Jammu & Kashmir: ISIS, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) flags spotted again in Srinagar)
Criticising the approach shown by Indian media, Mehbooba said, “There is way too much negativity about Jammu and Kashmir in the Indian media. We are criticised for exporting cheaper onions from Pakistan, which helped our state to tackle the sky-rocketing price of the bulb. This negative coverage has undermined our image.”
“Kashmir chose a secular nation. We believe in plurality. It is time for the Union to respect the choice of Kashmiris. We should get what we deserve. Why we look at Kashmir only through the prism of security?”
Mehbooba stressed that their alliance with right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state was to create stability and open the doors of development in the region. “Our alliance was aimed at creating employment opportunities for Kashmiri youth,” she added.