Only Prime Minister Modi can resolve the Kashmir crisis: Mehbooba Mufti

Only Prime Minister Modi can resolve the Kashmir crisis: Mehbooba Mufti

She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had the mandate of the nation to address the 70-year-old Kashmir issue. "Whatever decision he takes, the country will support him".

The meeting with PM Modi and HM Rajnath Singh comes in the wake of two Indian soldiers being mutilated by Pakistani forces in the Poonch sector and also the killing of five cops and two bank officials by terrorists in the Kulgam district of the state.

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. If our Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to Paksitan, it is sign of his strength, of his moral strength.

"Before him (Modi), a Prime Minister had also desired to go to Pakistan for over ten years".

While appreciating PM Modi's move of visiting Pakistan, she said, "It was him who visited Pakistan during heightened tensions between the two countries".

Addressing a gathering after the inauguration, Mehbooba Mufti said the need for giving the heavy traffic in the city a vent was earnestly felt and hoped with the oprationalisation of the flyover the problem of traffic congestion would be arrested by a great measure.

"The UPA government did not continue the reconciliation policy started by previous NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajapayee in Jammu and Kashmir during her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's rule from 2002-2005", Mehbooba said.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday reiterated her stand of initiating the dialogue process to restore peace in Kashmir. "This lava has now spread to the streets and we are forced to face this situation", she said.

"Whosoever takes law in own hands would be dealt with appropriately", she said and cautioned people against "nefarious designs" of some "negative elements" who wanted to derail the developmental process in Jammu region by creating an atmosphere of hate. She also said that while her government is trying to improve the situation in Kashmir, there are some forces which do not want it.

Main opposition party National Conference (NC) while reacting to the Chief Minister's assertions termed it as her "sycophancy" and said that the same has humiliated Kashmiris.

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