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We’d Made ‘Wrong Choice’ to Align with India in 1947: Mehbooba

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said it seemed as though the state [Kashmir] had made the wrong choice in aligning with India rather than Pakistan during partition in 1947.

While condemning India’s decision to curb the state’s autonomy, Ms. Mufti – under house arrest in the state capital Srinagar – said those who had participated in India’s democracy had been pushed to the wall.

The Indian government has revoked Article 370, which guaranteed significant autonomy to the Muslim-majority state.

Article 370 allowed the state to have its own constitution, a separate flag and independence over all matters except foreign affairs, defence and communications.

Ms. Mufti said the decision betrayed Kashmir’s decision to align with India in 1947.

Ms. Mufti, speaking to author and columnist Aatish Taseer in an exclusive interview for the BBC, said: “we the people who had faith in the constitution of India have been proved wrong.”

“We have been let down by the same nation we ceded to,” she said.