Mehbooba wants meaningful Indo-Pak dialogue on 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