‘Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy’, says Mehbooba Mufti


NEW DELHI, India: The President of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the former Chief Minister Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Mehbooba Mufti has said that today is the darkest day in Indian democracy, and added that the unilateral decision of the government of India to scrap Article 370 is illegal and unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in the Valley.

Her statement comes as the Indian Home Minister Amit Shah while addressing the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday amid opposition’s outburst announced the scrapping of Article 370 – which grants special constitutional status to the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Special Status under Article 370 allows the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to have its own Constitution, a separate flag and independence over all matters except foreign affairs, defence and communications. In addition to that, only residents are entitled to buy property and hold state government jobs in the J&K Valley.

Amit Shah said that Jammu and Kashmir will no longer be a state and it will be bifurcated in two parts – Jammu and Kashmir which will be a union territory with a legislature, and Ladakh which will be a union territory without a legislature.

In a tweet on Monday, Mehbooba Mufti said that it will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent.

Mehbooba Mufti, who along with other Kashmiri leaders have been placed under house arrest, said that the intentions by the Indian government are clear. She said that they want the territory of J&K by terrorizing its people.

“India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises,” she said.

The former Chief Minister J&K also said that the decision of Jammu and Kashmir leadership to reject two the nation theory in 1947 and alignment with India has backfired.

In her twitter remarks, Mishal Malik, the wife of Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik, said

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