We cannot afford to remain silent. We need to speak now to restore our dignity: Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar, Nov 03: Former Chief Minister in PDP-BJP government on Tuesday demanded an “immediate end to the ruling regime’s denial of the political problem.”

“We reject the undemocratic treatment imposed on us by the ruling regime, which has deprived us of our rights and human dignity, which underpin the constitution. We demand an immediate end to the ruling regime’s denial of the political problem,” PDP president Mehbooba said while addressing first meeting of party’s youth cares.

“Our people have endured a brutal clampdown and the world’s longest internet slowdown. Many of our youngsters continue to be unjustifiably held in jails, despite huge risks to their lives from the Covid-19 pandemic.” she said, according to a party statement.

She said that voices of people of Jammu and Kashmir have been ignored and institutions erased.

“We cannot afford to remain silent any longer. We need to speak now to restore our dignity and take charge of our own destinies,” Mehbooba said as per a statement issued here.

“Too many of our mothers and sisters have been rendered widows. Too many of our children have been lost. Too many of our students are staring ahead at bleak futures.”

There’s unending insecurity among the young people with the fresh fears of demographic change, assaults on jobs, land rights, culture & language, she said.

“In these tough times we need to sustain hope and salute the remarkable resilience of our people. Jammu and Kashmir has seen many lockdowns and crises. And each time we have shown that we can survive and stand with one another,” she said, adding, “We have demonstrated to the world a unique capacity to mobilize support, care and humanitarian aid among our own communities. In the most difficult times, we have shown compassion for those who are less fortunate, generosity towards outsiders. This is the secret code to our survival as one people. No power in the world can take that away from us,” she added.

It was the first meeting with youth cadres after abrogation of Articles and bifurcating and downgrading the state.

For the first time after revocation of Articles 370 & 35A, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth leaders met party president to deliberate on several issues in Srinagar.

“There is no future until and unless we strengthen our leadership. We will fight for rights to address our people’s aspirations and keep up to the youth expectations.” said a youth leader in the meeting as per the statement.

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