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Don’t shy away from engaging with people of Jammu and Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti to Centre

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday requested the Centre not to shy away from engaging with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and take a thoughtful view of their needs and aspirations. “New Delhi should not shy away from engaging with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I urge the government of India to take a considerate view of rights and aspirations of the people,” Mehbooba stated at a celebration conference in Anantnag district.

The former chief minister reiterated that the street to peace within the subcontinent traverses by way of Kashmir, and dialogue and reconciliation are the one significant mechanisms to resolve the upcoming points and catapult the area out of a vortex of distress and uncertainty.

“Many people are ill at ease when I advocate the restoration of our constitutional rights and speak for the resumption of the dialogue process. But since when has articulating legitimate demands of our people and seeking resolution for peace become a crime? If not the government of India, who else do the people of Jammu and Kashmir turn to,” Mufti requested.

Underlining the altering geopolitical situation, Mehbooba expressed hope that the federal government will seize the chance awarded by the upcoming SAARC summit that’s doubtless to present a window of alternative to decide up the threads of dialogue and peace course of between India and Pakistan.

“Geopolitically, a lot has happened over the last couple of months. The country is meaningfully engaging with China and steps have been taken to strengthen the ceasefire mechanism with Pakistan,” she stated.

“The SAARC summit could soon convene in Pakistan and I hope that the prime minister (Narendra Modi) participates in it. It could be the opportunity to revitalise the ties (between India and Pakistan) and jumpstart the peace process through dialogue. That is what the people of Jammu and Kashmir are yearning for,” Mufti stated.

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