Kashmir will be free from India by 2020: Mehbooba Mufti

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Former Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) chief minister and PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti has said that Kashmir would cease to be a part of India if the conditions on which “IOK had captured by India are removed,” reported Hindustan Times. 

Mehbooba Mufti made these remarks shortly after filing her nomination papers from the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.

The PDP president was replying to BJP chief Amit Shah’s statement that Article 35A would be repealed by 2020. “I think he should be prepared that by 2020, IOK will not be part of the country if the very conditions on which it had acceded to the country are removed. Then they should be prepared for a bigger fight and Mehbooba Mufti will be in the forefront of that fight. The year 2020 will then also be Jammu and Kashmir’s deadline to the country,” she said while flanked by her party workers and leaders.

Regarding a separate prime minister for IOK, the PDP president said that NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah should have made that point when he signed the 1975 accord and insisted on the restoration of the prime minister’s post. “After that, the National Conference had a two-third majority for all these years, unfortunately, they did nothing of the sort. Today, they are talking (about PM for IOK), if that happens why not.”

The former chief minister said they will do everything to defend Article 370. “The whole state is together on this.”

The PDP president also said that the points about IOK in Congress’s manifesto, which was released by the party in Delhi, are similar to those of the PDP’s Agenda of Alliance document with the BJP.