Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Only PM Modi can save us from Kashmir unrest: Mehbooba Mufti

Only PM Modi can save us from Kashmir unrest: Mehbooba Mufti

Chief Minister of Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that only Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can resolve the Kashmir issue as he has a strong mandate and appealed to him to pull the 'valley out of chaos'.

Mufti while referring to Modi's Pakistan visit past year, praised his "strength" and said: "It was him who visited Pakistan during heightened tensions between the two countries". The nation will support whatever he decides. "Whatever decision he takes, the country will support him", said Mehbooba, whose Peoples Democratic Party runs the state government in a coalition with the BJP. He went to Lahore and met the PM of that country.

Mehbooba met Modi in Delhi last month after the unending cycle of violence, stone-pelting and spike in attacks became a cause of "grave concern" for the central government.

Recalling the "path breaking initiatives" of the three-year Mufti government beginning in 2002, she said India and Pakistan signed a historic ceasefire agreement and started cross-LoC bus and truck services. However, BJP has skipped talking with to Pakistan or to Kashmir separatists.

"If anyone can take us out of the sticky spot, it is Prime Minister Modi".

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She said, "He (former PM Manmohan Singh) had repeatedly said he wants to visit his ancestral home in Lahore. He was successful to a large extent in shortest of period", she Mufti said.

They shouted slogans against Mufti, Pakistan and ISI- sponsored terrorists, and burnt the effigy of the J&K chief minister. The spokesman said, "Either Mehbooba Mufti is suffering from amnesia or she is willing to oversee the humiliation meted out to her late father by the same Prime Minister".

"The chief minister said militancy declined during that period and there was peace on the borders. Subsequently, lava (among Kashmiri youth) kept simmering since 2008 and today we are facing its ramifications", she said.

"Jammu has many tourist destinations and we are trying to develop them", Mufti added.

Replying to the comment made by Congress leader GS Charak that no developmental work has taken place in Jammu, Mufti said the situation in Kashmir is not good and it affects Jammu also.

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