Tuesday, 7 December 2021

India, Pakistan must hold talks, there is no alternative: CM Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR: Underlining she ran the risk of being “called anti-national” by some TV channels, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday called for talks between India and Pakistan, saying “there is no alternative” and she could not allow a situation where “people die every day” in the cycle of violence in the state.

Addressing the J-K assembly on the last day of the Budget session, the Chief Minister, speaking on the issue of Kashmir, said: “We have fought three wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971 and have won all of them, even the Kargil war. But our basic problem has not been resolved. Baatchit ke bina koi hal nahin hai (there is no alternative to talks).”

Referring to a convention held in Odisha – she did not take any name – by the Pakistan-India People’s Forum For Peace and Harmony, Mufti said: “They stressed the need for dialogue, they said India, Pakistan will have to talk.”

Taking a swipe at debates on some TV channels, she said anyone who calls for talks with Pakistan is called anti-national. “Agar Mehbooba Mufti yeh baat karegi to anti-national ho jayegi, agar (NC leader) Omar Abdullah yeh baat karengey to anti-national ho jayenge… So should I say, let people die but I will not agree to talks.”

“There are some media houses that have created an atmosphere where even talking about talks has become anti-national. They hold the worst debates with polarised mindsets. They bring people from Kashmir who are not even known in their own colonies. They always speak anti-India. They are picked up because they use unparliamentary and bad language, particularly against India, and the same type of people are picked from the other side to reply to them,” she said.

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