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Mehbooba Mufti's Daughter Iltija Cries For Freedom But How Long Will Her 'Anti-India' Stance Last?

Iltija Mufti is a political science graduate from Delhi University. She feels the Centre has not treated Kashmir as political and human problem

Mehbooba Mufti's Daughter Iltija Cries For Freedom But How Long Will Her 'Anti-India' Stance Last?
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Mehbooba Mufti's Daughter Iltija Cries For Freedom But How Long Will Her 'Anti-India' Stance Last?
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2019-11-29T19:12:51+05:30

After the revocation of Article 370, Iltija Mufti, Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter, was one of the first among Kashmir’s political families to break the silence. A graduate in political science from Delhi University and postgraduate in international relations from Warwick University, Iltija, 33, declared in interviews and on Twitter that the average Kashmiri viewed India as an occupational force and termed statements of the Indian government vis-a-vis Kashmir a bald-faced lie. She also held forth on the “plight” of former MLAs and ministers who have been detained in the MLA hostel in Srinagar. In her tweets, she described the condition of the hostel as inhuman and claimed that Sajjad Lone, chairman of J&K People’s Conference, bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal, and PDP youth leader Waheed Parra were manhandled there.

“I don’t regret my statements. No, I don’t regret anything at all,” Iltija tells Outlook. “After the revocation of Article 370, I anticipated that they would arrest my mother. I even told her, but she claimed they wouldn’t. I thought they would place her under house arrest, but I didn’t think they would take her away. When I saw Farooq sahib breaking down on ­television during an interview, I ­became disturbed and angry. He is my grandfather’s age and a giant among all Kashmiri leaders. To treat him like this is terrible.”

In the week leading up to August 5, when Kashmir was flush with rumours, Iltija and her family had suspected that Article 370 would be revoked. She says Mehbooba panicked on August 2, when the government issued an order asking pilgrims and tourists to leave the state. “We realised the buildup was ­bigger and the siege was on a larger scale, but no one had imagined they would bifurcate the state” she...

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