JK News Today
Bijbehra, January 7:
PDP president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today apologised for her “ toffee “ remarks made for the young boys who would throng the army camps and get killed during the massive eruption of violent protests following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in July 2016.
Positioning herself as an angry mother whose children refused to listen and participated in the life-threatening situations in those fateful days , Mehbooba Mufti told a gathering at Bijbehra on the occasion of the third death anniversary of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed , that it was her “ inner hurt” that made to her make those remarks . “ That was because of a mother in me who felt strongly for the safety of her children , and even if that has hurt some people, I hereby apologise to all of them.”
Her emotional streaks were open time and again during her close to half-an-hour speech , when she recalled that how her emotional and political commitment to save Kashmir Valley from the erstwhile party leaders who had approached the RSS headquarters Nagpur to barter the interests of Kashmir . “ I became conscious of my duty to save Kashmir and wilted under the compulsion to realign with the BJP to save Kashmir from those who could have sold it to BJP.”
“ I stood my ground and did not compromise even when a massive pressure was mounted to dilute the status of Kashmir’s identity and told to compromise on the issues that could have jeopardized Kashmir and its identity . Had I compromised with the BJP’s agenda , the government would have lasted for six years .”
I got 12,000 cases withdrawn against the stone pelters, got 10,000 jobs of SPOs and got so many projects including the medical colleges for “ Islamabad” ( Anatnag) and Baramullah,” she said
She exhorted the youth to come forward and join the PDP as the junk has been consigned to the garbage dump where it belonged , she said of the party leaders who deserted the party and joined other outfits.