Engage in talks, Mehbooba Mufti urges separatists again

Mehbooba Mufti said that by shying away from talks, the separatist leadership was in the danger of being squarely blamed for holding up the process of finding a solution despite there being an opportunity to address the issue.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published:September 8, 2016 4:12 am
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J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday welcomed a resolution adopted by the all-party meeting in Delhi, advocating dialogue with all stakeholders in the state to address the current situation. She also reiterated that the onus lies with “the separatist leadership as well” for trying to resolve the crisis.

Hoping for a fresh and productive effort by the Centre to reach out to everyone for an inclusive and comprehensive engagement, she said: “Unfortunately the separatist leadership missed the recent opportunity of engaging with the country’s Parliamentarians, to find a solution to the problem. There is no alternative to dialogue, and somebody has to engage with somebody to find a way out and it stands true for J&K as well.”

She added that by shying away from talks, the separatist leadership was in the danger of being squarely blamed for holding up the process of finding a solution despite there being an opportunity to address the issue through political and democratic means.

She said that the resolution adopted at the all-party meeting Delhi had reiterated the urgency of engagement and dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir. “We hope a fresh and productive effort would be made by the country’s political leadership to reach out to all the stakeholders,” she added.