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Call me anti-national for saying this but India and Pakistan must talk: J-K CM Mehbooba Mufti

“There are some media houses that have created an atmosphere where even talking about talks has become anti-national. They bring people from Kashmir who are not even known in their own colonies. They always speak anti-India," the CM said.

Written by Arun Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2018 4:35 am
Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir, Terrorist attack, Sunjwan army camp attack, Sunjuwan army camp, Jammu terrorist attack, Indian Express Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti (File photo)

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.

Recalling former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s peace initiatives of taking the bus to Lahore and holding talks with General Pervez Musharraf in Agra, Mufti said: “I wonder what these people would have said if Vajpayee Sahab had such things today.”

Slamming TV channels for “using” J&K to “increase their TRPs”, she said: “Aap log tandoor mein rotiyan sekna bandh karein (refrain from cashing in on the conflict).”

On the terror attack at the Sunjuwan military station in Jammu, the Chief Minister said there cannot be foolproof security for any installation since militants come to die.

Noting that Kashmiris were losing lives on the borders and in the hinterland, she said she was happy that both the opposition and ruling parties in the state favoured dialogue for conflict resolution.

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  1. GB Reddy
    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm
    Mufti must define the framework of "Agenda" - merger with Pakistan or Azadi or ..... . Talks merely for the sake of talks means nothing - good politics to cover up for her failures and photo op. She knows it very well yet she is championing talks for the sake of talks. And, talks with whom? She must clarify.
    1. Feku Lies
      Feb 13, 2018 at 4:43 pm
      You are anti national because stone pelters and those who harbor pakistani terrorists are let free without a case in J K. Whereas Army who is protecting the country - a case has been filed against them.
      1. T
        Feb 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm
        Kashmir is being controlled by Terrorists as they were being supported by the Leaders for their short term personal benefits for a long , long time. Similar to Pakistan. Pakistanis and the Terrorist supporters are worse than wild Animals. The very fact that the Pandits who actually were responsible for any peace in Kashmir, were never allowed by these Thugs, clearly shows that they are more Dangerous than the known Enemy Pakistan. Such people should be treated as Traitors and Law needs to be amended to punish such traitors in public with the methods their religion advocates. If there was any sensible Leader, he should be pleading with PANDITHS to come back to Kashmir and make arrangement as required to keep them Happy in their home land. Instead, they are behaving like Pakistanis. Lastly, even though we understand the repercussions of War, sometimes we are forced to. BUT before anything , we need to eliminate the internal Traitors without any mercy for the Good of the nation.
        1. V Janardan Rao
          Feb 13, 2018 at 11:50 am
          Mehbooba Mufti has called for talks between India and Pakistan, for which call, some sections of media, some TV channels called her anti-national. Do these channels or the others who agree with this view of the TV channels suggest or believe that the problems between these two countries can be or will be solved by war ? Yes, the present establishments in these two countries may not succeed to do it ( solve problems through talks ), but war is certainly NOT a solution. What is essential is creating enough public opinion in both the countries against jingoism, communal passions and peaceful and constructive co operation between the two countries .
          1. Sankaran Krishnan
            Feb 13, 2018 at 8:07 am
            First accept your inability to govern the state and stop terror acts at J K and if you are that much very sincere go over to the Terror Nation and talk to the Civilian GOvt. and as well their Military Officers and convey the same that STOP at once that emanates from the Pakistani soil and come to talks to India. Without restoring normalcy te question of talking with Pakistan does not arise and people of India are totally against that !!!
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