New Delhi, Feb 18: Iltija Mufti, daughter of detained former
Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday said she is not
yet ready to join politics.
Speaking at the Indian Women’s
Press Corps here, Iltija said she doesn’t think she will be a good politician.
She said her mother wants to keep a check on what she speaks.
“I am not ready for
politics,” she said. “I don’t think I will be a good politician.”
Hitting out at the Centre for
banning social media in Kashmir, she said it is “absurd” that
Kashmiris are not allowed to access social media.
The J&K government has
banned all social media sites in Kashmir to “curb their misuse for
propagating rumours and false information”.
On Monday, the J&K police
said it has registered an FIR against social media users who defied government
orders and misused social media platforms.
“I will go to Kashmir and
use VPN, let them slap an FIR on me,” she asserted.
She said former Chief Ministers,
her mother and Omar Abdullah, acted as a buffer in Kashmir which the government
has removed by abrogating Article 370.
She dared Home Minister Amit
Shah to go to Kashmir.
“People are angry, if Home
Minister Amit Shah walks on the streets in Kashmir, I will salute him,”
She said Kashmiris should sue
the Modi government. She said her faith in the Indian judicial system has been
shaken and she said she could even approach the International Court of Justice
“I think the government
should be sued, when British left India, they bled us dry. We should demand
compensation. We have lost Rs 18,000 crore,” she said. “Don’t mind
approaching the international court. If we can’t rely on Indian courts where
can we go?”
Iltija questioned the BJP and
said if the party feels her mother is anti- national why did they enter into an
alliance with her party in 2014.
“Was the BJP
sleeping?” she asked. “Was it in coma?” She said the BJP had
struck an alliance with the PDP and said that it will not touch Article 370.
She said people in Jammu are
also unhappy with the abrogation of Article 370 and claimed that if elections
are held in Jammu right now the BJP would be wiped out.
She said that her loyalty is
with the country and not with the BJP. “If speaking against the BJP makes
me anti-national, I don’t mind being called one,” she said.
Iltija asked that “if
Kashmir has gravitated towards Pakistan in the past seven months, then who is
to be blamed?” IANS