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Mehbooba Mufti bats for India-Pakistan dialogue again to resolve Kashmir issue

Apr 30, 2022 02:29 AM IST

Amid a spike in terror activities, including the recent Sunjuwan terror attack, Mehbooba Mufti on Friday again batted for the India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue

Amid a spike in terror activities, including the recent Sunjuwan terror attack, the president of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday again batted for the Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (JKPDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti addresses the media in Jammu on Friday. She again batted for India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue. (ANI)
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (JKPDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti addresses the media in Jammu on Friday. She again batted for India-Pakistan dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue. (ANI)

On April 22, two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu, two Jaish fidayeens and a CISF officer were killed in an encounter in Jalalabad near Sunjuwan military station.

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“If we have given so much powers to security forces to deal with the situation then why Sunjuwan attack and other attacks are taking place. If our sarpanches and panches are getting killed, then the fault lies in our house… with us. We are failing somewhere to deal with 150 to 200 militants. We should also look inside,” she told reporters here.

However, when asked the way forward, she said, “Without dialogue there is no way out. You bring more forces, nothing is going to change.”

Given spurt in terror activities, she also raised a question on the heavy concentration of security forces in J&K.

“What our army is doing? What our 10 lakh army people are doing if they are not able to deal with terrorists,” she asked.

When sought her reaction to new Pakistan PM Shahbaz Sharif raking up Kashmir and demanding its resolution, she said that the issue has to be resolved between the two countries.

Referring to the Shimla and Lahore agreements during the tenure of former PMs Indira Gandhi and AB Vajpayee, she said, “The issue was in UN and until we win the hearts of our people in J&K, talk to them and bring them on our side, Pakistan will continue to rake it up.”

When asked how talks and terror can go together, she said, “Soon after then PM AB Vajpayee had taken a bus to Lahore, Kargil and Parliament attacks happened but talks continued. They weren’t stalled”.

On UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s decision to ban loudspeakers in religious places, she said, “Our nation is based on secular foundations and those who fought for independence like Congress, Ambedkar and JL Nehru, laid foundations of this nation on secularism. It is in our DNA and in the DNA of the nation”.

“Though the BJP is trying to shred social fabric into pieces but DNA is going to be there. Banning loudspeakers in mosques is part of their communal agenda and see in Karnataka how they attacked Christians and desecrated Bible. What can we say of Yogi, our Jamia Masjid is closed on our pious days of Shab-e-Qadr and last Friday,” she added.

Mufti referred to Pakistan where she said that wrong use of religion has ruined that country.

“I fear that if we continue to tread the same path, we may also meet the same fate like Pakistan. 20 to 25 crore Muslims and other minorities live in this country, you can’t wipe them out,” she said.

On Omar Abdullah’s suggestion that PAGD constituents should joint contest the assembly polls, she said that PAGD was formed with a larger interest and elections were part of it.

“I think we should unite together to counter the onslaught faced by us. The entire nation is facing it but it is more in J&K where our special status snatched was unconstitutionally. Now, they want to erase our existence probably because we are a Muslim majority state. See, how easy they have made our land laws…50 percent stamp duty has reduced because they want to do monkey distribution here. Our jobs are being given to outsiders. So are our resources. Their aim is to damage us.”

On power crisis, she said, “The PDP was maligned when we demanded our power projects back from NHPC.”

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