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PDP protests against suspension of cross-LoC trade, JeI ban

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Mehbooba seeks release of Yasin Malik, says PDP fighting elections for safeguarding JK's special status

Pulwama/Shopian, Apr 24: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday led a protest march of her party activists in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district against the suspension of cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade and ban on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI).

The protest march was taken out from Town Hall Pulwama to deputy commissioner’s office.

Mehbooba demanded the revocation of the decision to suspend the cross-LoC trade and sought immediate release of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik from custody.

She also sought revocation of ban on JeI and an end to the ban on civilian traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

“Malik is not in good health. I want to tell the Government of India that if God forbid, his health worsens, then the situation here will deteriorate further which will be very difficult to control. Our fight is against militants, but you should not harass their families,” she told reporters.

Meanwhile in Shopian, Mufti said that her party was fighting the parliamentary polls for safeguarding special status of Jammu and Kashmir within the Indian Constitution.

Addressing her party workers at circuit house in Shoipan, Mehbooba Mufti said that they were not contesting Lok Sabha elections for roads, electricity poles or water supply but for the protection of unique identity of the state.

Taking a jibe at the Congress for raising the pitch for the safeguard of Article 370, Mehbooba said that Ghulam Nabi Azad during his rule transferred hundreds of kanals of land to Amarnath Shrine Board.

She also claimed that the PDP has already taken a lead over its opponents in the Anantnag district which went to polls Tuesday.

She also said that attempts were being made so that lesser number of people cast their ballot.

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