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KashmirMehbooba urges for credible, meaningful action on Kashmir

Mehbooba urges for credible, meaningful action on Kashmir

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Asks Hurriyat, Pakistan to come forward for dialogue

New Delhi, August 27: and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said the message would be received well only if dialogue initiators had the trust of the Kashmiri people.

Addressing the media after 45-mminutes meeting with the Prime Minister here, Mehbooba said, “I have hope that when the PM says there will be dialogue, and dialogue with everyone, then it would happen. The Kashmiri people should trust those who begin the dialogue, it's only then that whatever they say, the message will be received well.”

“Those who are provoking the Kashmiri youth to attack army camps, they have no interest in the dialogue; no point talking to them. But there are others who genuinely want peace and are of a different ideology; there should certainly be dialogue with them. It is the 95 per cent people who want a peaceful resolution,” the CM said, adding that it is only Indian democracy which had space and freedom to allow the Kashmiri people to dream of living with peace and dignity.

“I appeal to Pakistan that if it has any sympathy for the Kashmiri youth, then those who provoke the Kashmiri youth to attack army camps and tell them that it is the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue should stop it,” she said.

“The Prime Minister took a positive step and invited Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his oath-taking ceremony; and he himself went there too. But, unfortunately, the Pathankot attack happened after that. And now when the situation is bad in Kashmir, instead of trying to improve it, Pakistan is provoking the youth,” she said.

“In such a situation, Home Minister Rajnathji went there for the SAARC ministerial meeting; Pakistan had the golden opportunity, but it did not accord respect to him,” she said.

Saying that the Prime Minister is pained by the situation in Kashmir, she said he had assured her that the agenda of the alliance–which included the political process–would be taken forward.

Calling for putting in place an institutionalized mechanism to address the Kashmir issue, Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti today stressed the need for initiating a credible and meaningful political action on the ground to make peace and stability a reality in the State.

Ms Mehbooba said she outlined a three-pronged action plan before the Prime Minister for the resolution of the Kashmir issue, including involvement of separatists and Pakistan in substantive dialogue, to work out a solution to the problem in light of the contemporary geo-political realities.

“Every political party wants the bloodshed in Kashmir to end and a political process to begin, sooner the better,” she said and added that all the parties, cutting across the divide, including the Hurriyat leaders shall have to come forward and help in saving innocent lives as also engage in a meaningful dialogue process for the peaceful resolution of the issue. She said an ‘All Party Delegation' will be visiting the State soon to reach-out to the people “and I hope they will meet different shades of political opinion to elicit their views on how to find a way out of the present imbroglio.”

Mehbooba said; “We should not mislead ourselves about brushing the issue under the carpet as was done on earlier occasions like in 2008 and 2010. The country's political leadership must commit itself to address all the dimensions of the problem in a manner that balances and promotes enduring political and economic stability in the State and the region.”

Urging Pakistan to reciprocate with open mind and in good faith to the peace initiatives for the permanent settlement of the issues, Ms Mehbooba said unfortunately Islamabad lost out on an opportunity for reconciliation when Prime Minister, Narendra Modi landed in Lahore December last and when Home Minister, Rajnath Singh visited Islamabad recently for the SAARC ministerial meeting. “Pakistan also has to take a step forward in the interest of peace and stability in the region,” she said.

Stating that not enough has been done to implement the ‘Agenda of Alliance' between her party PDP and the BJP, the Chief Minister said that the Prime Minister reiterated his commitment that the political, economic and developmental initiatives enumerated in the ‘Agenda of Alliance' will be implemented with sincerity of purpose.

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