Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, while addressing a rally in Srinagar on Sunday, which is also the 20th raising day of the party, warned against any attempts to change, alter, or abrogate the contentious Article 35 A.
“35A ke saath chhedd chhadd karna baarood ko haath lagaane ke baraabar hoga. Jo haath 35A ke saath chhedd chaadd karne ke liye uthenge wo haath hi nahi wo saara jism jal ke raakh ho jaega (To play around with 35 A is like playing with fire. Whoever tries to touch 35 A would be annihilated),” said Mufti while addressing the party workers.
“Heartfelt gratitude to party workers and dedicated foot soldiers for participating in PDP’s 20th foundation day event. It’s their unwavering belief and support in the party’s vision that made us a viable alternative in Jammu and Kashmir,” said Mufti, adding that she is ready to go to jail for protecting Article 35A which talks about Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
“Anybody trying to fiddle with Article 35A would be playing with dynamite. It would have such disastrous consequences that nobody would be able to control,” she was quoted as saying.
Mufti asserted that her party, PDP, would stand like a rock for the protection of the state’s special status and that she was ready to go to jail if the situation arises.
She also came down heavily on former Chief Minister of the state Omar Abdullah for saying that the decision of the Supreme Court on Article 35A would be accepted by the NC.
“No tinkering of any sort by anybody with Article 35A would be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” she asserted.
(With agency inputs)