Iltija Mufti accuses BJP of using jawans as pawns to get votes

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's daughter on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using "jawan card" and "hijacking" their sacrifices to get votes.

PDP president Mufti is currently under house arrest since the abrogation of Article 370.

Her daughter, Iltija who is handling her Twitter attacked the BJP and said it does not care about "jawans or Kashmiris".

On Twitter, Iltija Mufti said: "BJP uses the Jawan card and hijacks their sacrifices to get votes. But truth is that if Kashmiris are treated as cannon fodder, troops have become pawns to contain unrest in the valley. The ruling party doesn't care about jawans or Kashmiris. Sole concern is winning elections."

She further said that the primary purpose of the Army is to protect borders instead of engaging against protestors.

"What explains 9 lakh troops in Kashmir if everything's normal? They aren't there because of an imminent attack from Pak but simply to quell protests. Army's primary responsibility is to protect borders instead of being used to crush dissent," she said.

Mufti's fresh attack comes on a day when the government's tourist advisory for Kashmir ended. On August 2, the government had issued a travel advisory addressing all tourists in Kashmir to leave immediately.


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