ED questions Mehbooba on spending of funds, ancestral property

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Srinagar, March 26: Minutes after her questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president and the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that there would be “no change in the party’s strategy on restoration of Article 370 and resolution of Kashmir issue.”

The former Chief Minister was addressing media persons after being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate for five hours at its Raj Bagh office in connection with an alleged money laundering case.

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She was questioned in connection with the spending of funds and sale of ancestral property.

“We remain firm on the issues for which our party has come into existence. Those issues and agenda with regard to resolution of the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and restoration of Article 370 are something, we will keep striving for,” said Mehbooba Mufti, who was questioned between 11 am to 4 pm at the ED office.

When asked about the content of ED questioning, Mufti said it was pertaining to the sale of ancestral land in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara and the utilisation of Chief Minister’s discretionary funds.

“There was questioning regarding sale of land in Bijbehara which was in the name of Mufti sahab (Mufti Muhammad Sayeed). They asked as how it was sold and at what cost. Secondly, how the secret funds as a Chief Minister and the money, which used to be distributed among widows, were spent. How these funds were earmarked and how the widows were identified etc.,” Mufti said. She added that during the ED questioning, she was also asked whether there was any spending on youth engagement and how it was done.