Me­hbooba Mufti’s pro­posal for ‘cease­fire’ red flagged by ally BJP

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation - NOOR-UL-QAMRAIN SRINAGAR

Amid news­pa­per re­ports that Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh will dis­cuss a pos­si­ble cease-fire of Op­er­a­tion All Out in Kash­mir with Jammu and Kash­mir Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti, BJP in-charge of J&K Ram Mad­hav has said that the de­sired re­lax­ation was pos­si­ble only if there are no ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Kash­mir.

Ear­lier, Me­hbooba Mufti had called an all party meet­ing in Srinagar and told the me­dia that she will be head­ing a del­e­ga­tion of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to New Delhi to press for uni­lat­eral cease-fire in Op­er­a­tion All Out be­fore the holy month of Ramzan. CM Me­hbooba had a five-hour long meet­ing over the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir, es­pe­cially in the back­drop of the killing of a tourist and six civil­ians af­ter a gun­fight in South Kash­mir. She said that all the par­ties had agreed that they should ap­peal to the Cen­tre to stall anti-mil­i­tancy op­er­a­tions in Kash­mir.

She told the me­dia that any such out­reach by the Cen­tre will help cre­ate an at­mo­sphere of peace. She op­posed “Op­er­a­tion All Out”, say­ing that the gun was not the so­lu­tion. Kash­mir can be brought back to nor­malcy only by talks and by hold­ing the hands of the youths, she said.

Al­though Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Kavin­der Gupta was present when she talked to the me­dia about the con­sen­sus reached in the meet­ing, BJP na­tional spokesper­son for the state Su­nil Sethi said in a press con­fer­ence in Jammu that they feel Op­er­a­tion All Out of the Army has reached a stage where it ca make Kash- mir ter­ror­ist-free. He said the BJP feels that any cease-fire or talks with the sep­a­ratists will en­cour­age trou­ble-mak­ers in Kash­mir. The BJP op­posed the re­cent amnesty given to the stone-pel­ters by the state gov­ern­ment.

Op­po­si­tion leader Omar Ab­dul­lah crit­i­cised Me­hbooba Mufti for hold­ing an all-par­ties meet­ing when she was not hav­ing her al­liance part­ner, BJP, in the loop.

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