Mehbooba Mufti urges India, Pakistan to talk, take steps to deescalate tension

"We in state yearn for peace as we have been suffering immensely because of the hostility and violence in the region," J&K Chief Minister said.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published:November 2, 2016 5:16 am
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addresses at the Police Commemoration Day parade at Armed Police Complex Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday. PTI Photo by S Irfan(PTI10_21_2016_000215A) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. PTI Photo

As the death toll due to crossfiring on the Line of Control and the border continues to mount, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday urged India and Pakistan to open channels of communication and take steps to deescalate the situation.

“I am pained over the fresh spate of civilian killings, including children and women, in border shelling and urge the political leadership in New Delhi and Islamabad to take effective and urgent measures to de-escalate the situation and bring an end to the miseries of the hapless people of the state who are caught in the deadly crossfire,” Mehbooba said.

She added: “We in state yearn for peace as we have been suffering immensely because of the hostility and violence in the region and know very well its dangers and perilous consequences.”

Mehbooba said India and Pakistan must open channels of communication at the earliest. “The escalation of violence along the borders and LoC should keep reminding India and Pakistan of the inevitability of sitting across the table to find a peaceful, just and pragmatic solution to all the contentious issues,” she said.

Stating that wars across the world have resulted in destruction of once prosperous countries and annihilation of cultures, the Jammu and Kashmir CM said it is the responsibility of the political leadership in India and Pakistan to save the region from such a scenario. “Whatever be the reasons for hardening of stances and attempts by the vested interests to subvert the peace process, there is no substitute to the reconciliatory policy which was started in 2003 and had worked so well.

She also called for serious efforts from political parties and the civil society to revive the peace and reconciliation process for the larger good of the people. “The senseless violence is the common enemy of the people in both India and Pakistan as the bloodshed has devoured their lives over the years,” she said.

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    pinjng
    Nov 2, 2016 at 2:31 am
    . . . pleas recall . dia talked for 7 decades
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      pinjng
      Nov 2, 2016 at 2:36 am
      Had y0 u been effective in controlling the violent senditioninsts and its small group of supporters funded by outside . . . the curfew would not have been in place . . . nor the inspiration of cease fire from across
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        pinjng
        Nov 2, 2016 at 2:33 am
        If y0 u are worried about citizwns . . . please contro the internal forces . . . the internal forces are doing different talking across border
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          Daniyal asif
          Dec 6, 2016 at 4:44 am
          Yes both the c0untries must resolve their disputes on table stan is ready for constractive nigociati0n with india about jammu and kashmir
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            Arun
            Nov 2, 2016 at 3:58 am
            There's nothing to talk about. stan wants Kashmir and will stop at nothing. The people to talk to are Indian Kashmiris. They need to be told if they want a caliphate in Kashmir, India will never give in. But if they want Kashmiriyat, then they need to interact with the Indian Govt across a table and quit throwing stones. If they do, the Army will have reason to go home, much to their joy also!
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              Raj
              Nov 2, 2016 at 4:41 am
              Strategic attack on a hindu dominated area (Jammu) with a view of increasing pressure on India to come first on the negotiation table. Same old tactics - very smart stani tactics but very old and deprecated.
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                Purna Varma
                Nov 2, 2016 at 12:53 am
                Ms Mehabooba should realize that porkishaithanis claim on JandK is for mere territorial gains. Otherwise why they bother about Kashmiris hardships.Strategically they don't want to depend on water that feeds 2.5 million square hectares of their land. As the CM be firm on those who burn schools. Punish those who take up anti national activities for sheer monetary gains.
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                  RCA
                  Nov 2, 2016 at 1:32 am
                  If you "yearn for peace" then take steps against terrorism and fundamentalism.
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