‘Centre govt should begin dialogue with separatists’: Mehbooba Mufti

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People's Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti.
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Srinagar: President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that centre government should initiate dialogue with pro-freedom leaders in Kashmir as the latter rose green flag about talks.

Talking to reporters in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Mehbooba, said that the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference has said that they were ready for dialogue.

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“Centre government should take advantage of the statements made by moderate faction of separatists that they are ready for dialogue. I don’t know with which power centre government will resolve Kashmir than talks,” she said.

“Centre government is repeating the same mistake which separatists did in 2016 when a team of ministers visited Kashmir and knocked at the doors of the separatists. This time the separatists have said that they are ready for talk. I think better late than never, the centre should start dialogue with separatists,” she said.

Commenting on the highway ban during Amarnath Yatra, Ms. Mufti said that the Governor should review the decision as it does not serve the religious harmony and brotherhood.

“Amarnath yatra has been going on in Kashmir for centuries and it was a symbol of religious harmony and brotherhood. It went smoothly during the period when situation in Kashmir was more violent,” she said, adding that restrictions on the movement of the civilian traffic is creating inconvenience for pilgrims, common people.

“I urge the Governor to review the decision,” she said. (KNS)