Mehbooba: Peace in Kashmir is achievable

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/9/2021 12:03:20 AM

Stop ‘coercive methods’, follow Mufti’s vision of ‘reconciliation’

SRINAGAR, Jan 7: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today urged New Delhi to pay heed to Late Mufti’s vision of reconciliation with Pakistan and desist from employing coercive methods in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mehbooba, who was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the death anniversary of PDP founder and former CM Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag, urged New Delhi to desist from employing forcible measures in Jammu and Kashmir and act upon the path of dialogue and reconciliation.
“Everyone knew it that there is no solution to Kashmir dispute other than the path showed by Late Mufti, so we have to opt his way if we seek peace and prosperity in the region”, she said.
Urging BJP Government to initiate reconciliation process with Pakistan, Mehbooba said New Delhi should make borders irrelevant and reconciliation with Pakistan so that peace and prosperity in the region can be achieved.
The former CM said New Delhi should keep this in mind that human heart can’t be conquered through repressive measures. “BJP should keep eye on America who has called of its troops from Afghanistan and want dialogue with Taliban”, she added.
She said that people of India should know that decisions taken on August 5, 2019 “were part of repressive measures and people of Jammu and Kashmir have got more alienated from New Delhi instead of strengthening the existing bond.”
While praising the role of her father in bringing peace in the region, Mehbooba said that today all of us know that Mufti’s vision was “practicable” and invoked his popular slogan “Grenade Se Na Goli Se, Baat Banegi Boli Se” (Neither with grenades nor with bullets, things will be sorted out through dialogue).”
She urged New Delhi that peace can be achieved through bonhomie between India and Pakistan. “People of Jammu and Kashmir should be given space in peace and reconciliation process instead of pushing them into bloodshed, besides ensuring cordial relations with Pakistan, ceasefire on borders and irrelevance of borders like Muzaffarbad stretch,” Mehbooba added.
Later in the day, she castigated New Delhi for double standards with respect to minorities. She said that while the Indian government was “preaching” other countries to treat minorities in a dignified way, the plight of minorities in India was getting worse.
Mufti was referring to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s statement during his visit to Sri Lanka, prompting her to react on her twitter account.
“Preaching to other countries about treating minorities in a dignified way even though the plight of minorities in India is getting worse,” Mehbooba tweeted.
The People’s Democratic Party president said social cohesion was essential for progress of any country, including India.



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