Srinagar, Feb 18: Alleging that the Centre is trying to break the backbone of the people of Jammu and Kashmir by implementing various law, including property tax, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that it wants people to become poor so that they forget about abrogation of special status of J&K and Kashmir issue.
“The Centre is trying to break the backbone of the people of J&K. It wants people to be poor so that they forget about Article 370 and Kashmir issue. It wants people to be busy with surviving,” Ms Mehbooba, who is the president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told reporters during her visit to north Kashmir district of Baramulla.
“It is a plot against the people of J&K… that‘s why property tax and other taxes are being implemented. People in J&K have their own houses unlike other parts of the country. But, the Centre wants people of J&K to become poor so that they forget about their rights,” she alleged.
Reacting to the visit of the envoys from 23 countries to J&K, Ms Mehbooba said if the Centre is sure that everything is fine in J&K, why do they get envoys from other countries to show them that there are no security force bunkers in the valley, where there are 10 lakh security forces deployed. “It is only because they know that whatever they did in J&K was not right,” she said.
“When J&K accessed to India, it did so under some conditions. The identity of J&K has to be restored,” she said.
Answering a question about the attack on the son of a famous restaurant owner in Srinagar on Wednesday evening, she condemned it , saying such incidents defame the people of J&K.