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It’s the best time to address Kashmir problem: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi to discuss the current state of unrest in the Valley, following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

GN Bureau | August 27, 2016


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J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti with PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 27
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti with PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 27

Mehbooba Mufti said that the best time to solve Kashmir’s problem was now – when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had absolute majority in the parliament. “If it does not happen now, it will take a very long time to get resolved,” she told the media after meeting Modi on Saturday.

“Mufti Sahab [her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed] used to say that Modi ji has 2/3rd majority, if during his time the situation in Kashmir doesn’t change then it will never change. Sadly, Pakistan has repeatedly wasted chances to talk and resolve this issue, but we have trust in PM Modi,” Mehbooba told media after her hour-long meeting with the PM.
 
She said the Centre should talk to all and claimed that the prime minister was also in favour of talks. “I am sure those who are instigating children in Kashmir to march to security forces camps do not want a resolution and want to keep the violence going.”
 
She said Indian democracy had space for everyone’s aspirations including those of the Kashmiri people and therefore she was hopeful that problem will be solved through dialogue.
 
Mehbooba also slammed Pakistan for fueling protests in Kashmir. She said it was for Pakistan to show its sincerity in seeking peaceful resolution of Kashmir.  “Modi ji took the initiative, went to Lahore, but then Pathankot happened. Home minister Rajnath Singh also went to Islambad. Unfortunately, Pakistan has time and again given up chances to talk and resolve the issue of violence in Kashmir,” she said.
 
She also made an appeal to the media to help to bring the violence in Kashmir under control. “People in the Valley want peace. We have to reach out to them. I appeal to the media to have patience and give me a chance, help me out. Let’s not do anything that stokes the fire in Kashmir.”
 
Mehbooba had come to discuss the ongoing violence in Kashmir with the prime minister after home minister Rajnath Singh had paid two visits to the Valley during the turmoil.
 

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