This Issue Is Bigger Than All of Us: Sajad Lone

SRINAGAR: Peoples Conference leader and former minister Sajad Gani Lone said the issues confronting Kashmir are bigger than “all of us”. He was talking to reporters after their brief meeting with Governor Satya Pal Malik.

Mehbooba, Lone, Shah Feasal and other senior leaders addressing media outside Raj Bhavan Srinagar.

Lone was reacting to a reporter’s question about NC isolating the PDP. “This issue (a reference to Article 35A) is bigger than all of us,” he said. “There is no issue of isolating one or the other.”

Lone was part of the delegation that met governor Satya Pal Malik. The delegation included Dr Shah Feasal and Molvi Imran Ansari. They stayed with the governor or almost half an hour.

“Governor is the constitutional head of the state and he has right to respond to the situation of panic and massive deployments,” Mufti said. “This has never happened that the tourists would be pushed back home in buses and yatra would be stopped for no reason.”

“The governor told us that there is nothing going to happen but we are not satisfied,” Mufti said. “He said he will talk to Delhi – he did not tell with whom, and then tomorrow he will issue a statement.”

Mufti said the people in India’s only Muslim majority state are frightened because of massive deployments. The people, she said, will struggle for the unique identity.

Ms Mufti said Dr Farooq, Tarigami were unwell, and Congress’s Mir was in Jammu, NCs Omar Abdullah was in Delhi, Engineer Rasheed was in Langate and Ghulam Hassan Mir and Hakeem Yasin could not make it. “WE are in touch we will be talking and joining hands,” she said. “We will be talking to the people in Jammu and Ladakh as well because it involves their identity also.”

Former Chief Minister said that there are efforts to use the corruption campaign to prevent the politicians from joining hands. “Cricket is an old scam, it has been challened. Now when we were talking for an all-party meet, Dr Farooq was questioned,” Ms Mufti said. “Then he got time to meet the Prime Minister. This is a carrot and sticks policy. I hope they would not use it because the issue involves the identity of Jammu and Kashmir.”


She said the political parties are talking to each other and will go to the people of the country for the protection of the special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.



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