Peoples Democratic Party president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday warned the governor’s administration of 2008-like uprising if it does not withdraw “fresh orders” on rules governing issuance of permanent resident certificates (PRCs) and declaring Jammu and Kashmir Bank a public sector undertaking (PSU).
Quoting Mehbooba, said: “An unwanted order for transfer of land (to Amarnath Shrine Board) was also issued in 2008 and a public uprising across Kashmir forced the then government to withdraw the order immediately. This time when the governor has issued similar unwanted orders on permanent resident certificate rules and J&K Bank, I warn the governor’s administration of a 2008-like public uprising if it does not withdraw both the orders immediately.”Asserting that all political parties including PDP, National Conference and others were on the same page over the issues of PRC and Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Mehbooba expressed his surprise over what she called the “governor’s nonstop tendencies” of issuing unwanted controversial orders related to amendment in J&K Municipal Act, J&K Bank, PRC rules. “Our party, particularly its patron late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, had also warned the then government over the land transfer to SASB in 2008”, Mehbooba said: “Government withdrew the order but it was too late. We, along with NC, are on the same page as far as the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned and urge the government to immediately withdraw the orders on PRC and J&K Bank or be prepared to face a 2008-like stir”. “I, as chief minister, also resisted such moves and during my address to August 15 parade at Bakhshi Stadium Srinagar, I declared that PDP, NC and other likeminded parties are on the same page as far as the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned. We planned to form a government with the support of NC and Congress only to protect special status of the state but the Governor foiled this attempt.”