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Mehbooba Draws Parallel Between Egypt, Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 12: The Opposition PDP today drew a parallel between the response to Egypt protest and 2010 summer unrest in Kashmir, saying while people in the Arab country did not face any charges from
PTI February 12, 2011 15:48 IST
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Srinagar, Feb 12: The Opposition PDP today drew a parallel between the response to Egypt protest and 2010 summer unrest in Kashmir, saying while people in the Arab country did not face any charges from authorities there, the leadership here dubbed agitationists as "drug addicts and LeT agents".

"We congratulate the people of Egypt for their victory. The role of Army there is laudable as it seemed that they were protecting their people," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told reporters here.

Drawing parallels, Mehbooba said while the people in the Arab country did not face any charges, the leadership in Jammu and Kashmir has been dubbing the protestors here as "drug addicts and Lashker-e-Toiba agents".

She said people of the state were the first to respond to the "global abhorrence of violence" following the 9/11 attacks on the United States but the national leadership did not respond to the "transition".

"People of Kashmir participated in 2002 elections but not only the Central government, the national leadership also failed to respond to the change from violence to peaceful movement," she said.

She said while economic measures were needed to address the Kashmir problem, it has to be accompanied by political measures as "there are graveyards in every locality, which are a reminder of the issue." PTI