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Mehbooba Mufti: Shunning Guns and Stones, Embracing the Ballot Box for Political Change in Jammu and Kashmir

Urging for Ballot Box Solutions: Mehbooba Mufti's Call to Reject Violence and Embrace Democratic Participation in J&K

Srinagar, 21-04-2024: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti, emphasized the futility of resorting to violence, boycotts, and protests, urging the populace to exercise their voting rights on polling day. Mufti’s call for electoral participation comes as she vies for the Lok Sabha seat in Anantnag-Rajouri, contending against National Conference candidate Mian Altaf, Democratic Progressive Azad Party’s (DPAP) Mohammad Saleem, and Apni Party leader Zaffar Manhas.

Addressing a public rally in south Kashmir’s Kokernag, Mufti stressed the significance of the ballot as a means to convey dissent and demand the restoration of rights infringed upon by New Delhi in 2019. “If there will emerge something, that would be through the ballot only so that we could tell New Delhi that what they did in 2019 is not acceptable to us and should be restored with full interest,” she asserted.

Mufti lamented the ineffectiveness of past strategies such as poll boycotts, stone pelting, and armed resistance, asserting that they failed to yield tangible results. She highlighted the multitude of challenges faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the plight of incarcerated youth, which she claimed has been largely ignored.

Expressing disappointment over the failure to form a united front with the National Conference and other parties, Mufti revealed her willingness to engage in dialogue and collaborate for the greater good of the region. However, she alleged that the NC leadership declined the opportunity for cooperation, dismissing the relevance of the PDP.

Refuting claims of the PDP’s demise, Mufti underscored the party’s contributions during its tenure, including the dismantling of oppressive structures like the Task Force and POTA, as well as fostering dialogue and peace initiatives with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. She affirmed that the PDP continues to resonate with the aspirations of the people, residing in their collective consciousness.