In her first ever video message after the release from 14 months detention, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti said, “Everything the Delhi Darbar snatched away by unconstitutional and undemocratic means has to be got back, not only that but people of Jammu and Kashmir need to keep struggling for the solution of Jammu and Kashmir, which has led to sacrificing of thousands of lives.”
She referred to August 5 2019 as a “Black Day” and said that the decision to remove J&K’s special status has been unsettling for her. Ms. Mufti said, “No one among us will forget the humiliation of the day Article 370 was abrogated. No one among us can ever forget the robbery and the insult.”
She said the path ahead would not be easy but “I believe that our courage and determination will be our companion in walking this path”.
“Today, when I am released, I want the immediate release of everyone from J&K who are languishing in various jails of the country,” she said.
She along with other top political leaders of Jammu and Kashmir was detained last year when after the governor’s rule, president rule was imposed on J&K and Article 370 was abrogated, which gave special status to the state. The step to detain the leaders was taken by the central government under the suspicion that these leaders would flame civil riots and communal violence in the state.