There should be a dialogue with militant leadership: Mehbooba Mufti

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Mehbooba Mufti speaking at ORF Mumbai. Photograph The Kashmir Walla

Srinagar: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti said on Tuesday that there should be a dialogue with militant leadership since it is them, who hold the guns and can stop the gun culture.

“I believe in Jammu and Kashmir, the dialogue should not only with Hurriyat leadership but with that militant leadership as well,”

Adding to it, she said that the local militant is the son of the soil, and “our efforts should be to save them.”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader said that people of Kashmir ‘are upset with us, but don’t hate us’ for the party’s decision to align with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

She made the remarks while addressing a press conference in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. “We aligned with BJP to resolve the issue of Kashmir, our party was created for resolution of Kashmir issue, not to hold power,” she said.

She further said that the party aligned with BJP to solve problems of people of Kashmir, “We are sure that sooner people will understand why we joined hands with BJP, they will leave their grudges aside.”

Talking about the leaders who left the party, Ms. Mufti said that they were always against her and they were the ones’ to wooed BJP in 2016 after her father’s death. “Those who left the party went to BJP and asked them to form a government. Because they had a lust for power. If I had not aligned with BJP, only God knows what these leaders would have compromised to come into power,” the former BJP ally said.

Talking about her achievements during her tenure as chief minister of the state, she said, “However, I could not do what I wanted to because we were not able to make people understand why we had aligned with BJP.”

Reacting to the criticism on her civilian killing statement, she reiterated that she was just being a mother.

On rehabilitation of militant families, Ms. Mufti said that she has always been visiting those who have been affected in the conflict, since the Machil encounter.

On NC leader, Farooq Abdullah’s statement on Operation All Out, she said that during their rule fake encounters were on the rise. “ Thank God there was no fake encounter during our rule,” she added.

She further stated that Narendra Modi could not tread the path of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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