Similarities between Kashmir & Egypt protests

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Mehbooba Mufti
Srinagar, Feb 13: Egypt's revolution which forced former president Hosni Mubarak to stoop to its people's unshakable protest, moved many around the world. Now, Jammu Kashmir's renowned and Opposition party PDP tried to mark the similarities between Egypt's protest and Jammu Kashmir's present condition.

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People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday, Feb 13 cited similarities in the protests of both places.

Mufti criticised Indian authorities and the way that the government handle Kashmir problem so far. She stated, "The people in Egypt were fighting for democracy and we are fighting in spite of democracy for the past 60 years."

Appreciating Egypt's revolution and army, Mufti said, "I congratulate the people of Egypt for what they have achieved. But at the same time I appreciate the army of Egypt. They protected their people during this crisis."

The PDP leader, expressing her fury at the Omar ABdullah government claimed, "When people came out in Egypt, nobody accused them of being one or the other. But when people came out on roads here demanding justice, our own government labelled them as Lashkar-e-Toiba agents."

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"Now, they are saying that the thousands of youngsters pelting stones on the roads are drug addicts. The leadership is maligning its own people," she added.

However, a strong reaction has been cited from Jammu Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah as Abdullah in his Twitter account stated, "Mehbooba Mufti calls for Kashmiris to replicate Egypt. Seems she wants army rule as well since her party is in opposition now."

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