Our present battle is for the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir's special position: Mehbooba



Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday, said she would go to any extent to safeguard the future of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir by striving for the restoration of the erstwhile state's special status.

"We have lived our lives.... Now we have to think about the youth and their children. We can go to any extent to safeguard the future of our youth," Mehbooba told reporters after a convention organised by the PDP's youth wing here.

The former chief minister said while her party had battled against alleged excesses committed by the task force of police and surrendered militants in the past, it would now focus on the restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Mehbooba said it has been her party's stand that Jammu and Kashmir should not be a cause of confrontation but a bridge between India and its neighbours.

"It was a dream of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed that Jammu and Kashmir should be a bridge between India and its neighbours. The Centre will finally have to follow this principle," she added.

Asked if the atmosphere was conducive for holding elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba said, "Election is not a priority for me."

In August last year, the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated it into union territories. (PTI)


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