Mehbooba hits out at Pakistan for fueling violence in Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saurday slammed Pakistan for inciting violence in the Valley as the death toll in the violence reaches 68 and more than 40 days of curfew and protest shutdown cripple life in the state.
Speaking to mediapersons after her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mufti said: “If Pakistan has sympathy for Kashmiri youth, they shouldn’t provoke them to attack security camps or police stations.”
She added that since PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh took the initiative by visiting Lahore, Pakistan must take a step forward now.
This is the first time that the J&K CM met PM Modi since the unrest broke out in the Valley last month, following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
“They lost out on an opportunity for reconciliation when they mistreated our Home Minister Rajnath Singh who had visited Islamabad for the SAARC ministerial meeting,” Mufti said.
“Every political party wants the bloodshed in Kashmir to end. But talks can happen with only those who are open for dialogue. The ones who provoke youth and are with a different ideology, talks cannot happen with them,” she said.
The PM is concerned with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir like all of us, she said.
My father always spoke of PM Modi’s majority in the Lok Sabha, she continued.
“Mufti sahab always said Modi ji has two-thirds majority. If the situation doesn’t change during his tenure, then it will never change,” she said.
Mehbooba also urged the people to help her solve the unwanted situation in the state. “People of Kashmir dream to live with dignity. Give me a chance to fix things instead of inciting further violence. It hasn’t even been two months since I came to power and there has been such a big crisis,” she said.
Earlier this week, PM Modi had a meeting with a delegation of opposition parties from Jammu and Kashmir led by former chief minister Omar Abdullah.
Following the meeting, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also went to the violent-torn city to take stock of the situation.