Me­hbooba wants mean­ing­ful Indo-Pak di­a­logue on Kash­mir

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRI­NA­GAR—Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti has em­pha­sized on the need for a mean­ing­ful di­a­logue be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan to re­solve Kash­mir. “If Jammu and Kash­mir has to move for­ward, there have to be ini­tia­tives like the ones that Mufti Sa­hab (Mufti Muham­mad Say­eed) took along with the Cen­tre from 2003 to 2005,” said Me­hbooba, while speak­ing on the con­clud­ing day of the Bud­get Ses­sion here. The Chief Min­is­ter said Fri­day In­dia and Pak­istan need to talk for peace and de­vel­op­ment in both coun­tries and for last­ing so­lu­tion to Kash­mir.

“This is our agenda also to en­sure a mean­ing­ful di­a­logue be­tween the two coun­tries so that the re­gion en­ters into a new era of peace and pros­per­ity,” said Me­hbooba, days af­ter BJP lead­ers called for “bomb­ing Pak­istan” in the wake of a deadly mil­i­tant at­tack in Pam­pore that left eight CRPF per­son­nel dead and 21 oth­ers in­jured.

“But the bul­lets won’t help nei­ther will the proxy war, she said.Re­call­ing her late fa­ther Mufti Muham­mad Say­eed’s first ten­ure as Chief Min­is­ter, Me­hbooba said the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment had made progress on the talks, on both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal fronts.

“Hur­riyat was asked to pre­pare a roadmap for Kash­mir…but noth­ing hap­pened from 2006 to 2014,” said Me­hbooba.

She said a mean­ing­ful di­a­logue be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan was part of ‘Agenda of the Al­liance’ of the coali­tion Gov­ern­ment.

“If we want peace and pros­per­ity in J&K and if In­dia and Pak­istan want to pros­per, it will not hap­pen by wag­ing proxy wars or di­rect wars, or al­le­ga­tions and counter al­le­ga­tions, it will hap­pen if the two coun­tries sit around a ta­ble and re­solve their dif­fer­ences,” said Me­hbooba.—GK

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