Muslims Are Safer in India Than Anywhere Else, Says Mehbooba Mufti

Addressing an event, Mufti also spoke about the Indus Waters Treaty and Modi’s comments about Muslims last week.

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Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti. (Photo: PTI)

According to Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Muslims are safer in India than anywhere else in the world.

Addressing an event in the Valley, Mufti supported her argument by saying that Pakistan has witnessed more than 200 lawyers, children and women getting killed in the last three years.

“I want to tell you that if Muslims are safe anywhere in the world, it is here in this country,” she said.

This comes even as Kashmir battles with protests and days of violence in the wake of the Burhan Wani killing on 8 July.

Mufti also commented on Modi’s remarks about “purification” of Muslims and that as a community, they should be respected, not rebuked.

“This, unfortunately has not happened till yet. They (Muslims) have been thought of as just a vote bank in our country. If that would not have been the case, the Muslims would have been educated and we should not have been dependent on so many madrassas,” she said.

Mehbooba added:

So, I think when the PM says such things to his partymen, then I do not think the Muslims of our country need to be afraid of anything. Yes, some (leaders) give some statements, but we should trust that he (PM) is saying it from his heart

Mufti also addressed the issue about the Modi government reconsidering the Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan.

“Indus Waters Treaty benefits both India and Pakistan, but Jammu & Kashmir faces losses. Want compensation”, said Mehbooba, adding, “Had it in agenda of alliance as well that we should get compensation for the losses, whether its power projects or a raise in shar.”

(With agency inputs)

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