India, Pakistan should learn to live as peaceful neighbours: Mehbooba Mufti
The CM expressed regret over the killings on border after two civilians lost their lives on Saturday during an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops on LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.india Updated: May 14, 2017 22:50 IST
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that India and Pakistan have to learn to live as good neighbours to ensure peace in the region.
Mufti was speaking to media after meeting youth delegations at her home in Srinagar.
The CM expressed regret over the killings on border after two civilians lost their lives on Saturday during an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops on LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. A woman also lost her life on Wednesday in the region.
“It is very unfortunate that the firing which is going on for past few days has led to deaths. First a lady died. Today there have been more deaths. Our stand has always remained that war and confrontation (between the two countries) has always affected (Kashmir) Valley and our people,” she said.
“That is why I will ask both nations; Pakistan should think that this type of shelling leads to killings of people in Jammu and Kashmir. I believe there will be deaths on the other side as well because in retaliatory fire people were killed there also and here also they are killed,” she said.
Mehbooba said that the confrontation won’t benefit anybody and the two countries should learn to live together peacefully.
“Jaise ki Vajpayee ji ke time par tha, Jaise ek dusre ke hamsaye hai, hume miljul ke rehne ki aadat dalni padegi aur aman se rehni ki aadat dalni padegi (Like it was during (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee’s time, we should learn to live peacefully as neighbours,” she said.
On the sidelines of another function at tourist reception centre(TRC) ground not far away from her Srinagar home, the CM said that the state government will consider any request for security from separatist leaders following a threat by Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Rashid Bhat.
"When somebody will seek security from us, we will think over it," Mufti told reporters after inaugurating the first ever football tournament for specially-abled children at TRC.
Zakir had on Friday apparently threatened Hurriyat leaders if they “create hurdles in the path of making Kashmir an Islamic State”. He quit HM on Saturday after the outfit rejected his assertions.