Mehbooba for ‘decisive measures’ to end trust-deficit in J&K

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Says PM called her after his return from Saudi Arabia, reassured full support from GoI
KG News Desk
Jammu, April 5: A day after taking over, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said “decisive measures” would be required to end the scenario of “despair and trust-deficit” in the state and informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had committed full support from the Centre.
“The Prime Minister called me this morning, immediately on his return from Saudi Arabia, reassuring me of full support from the Government of India in mitigating the sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” she told a gathering of people who had come to felicitate her.
Mehbooba said addressing the genuine political, economic and security concerns of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is an issue which goes beyond power politics and requires a decisive political will at various levels.
“We shall have to take decisive measures to end the scenario of despair and trust deficit,” she said.
She said the PDP-BJP ‘Agenda of Alliance’ is not a pact between two political parties but an agenda of more than one billion people of the country to usher Jammu and Kashmir into an era of peace, stability and prosperity.
“Productive development and inclusive prosperity is possible only in an environment of peace and stability which necessitates that not only the people of Jammu and Kashmir but that of the whole country join this new enterprise of hope to pull the state out of the morass and resolutely address the challenges confronting it,” she said.
She said her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Modi had a shared vision for peace and prosperity of the state and the present government would work with fresh resolve towards implementing that vision so that the people of Jammu and Kashmir could reap the fruits of globalization and economic liberalization like their counterparts in other states of the country.
“When I met the Prime Minister in New Delhi recently, he told me that Mufti Sahab’s vision is the only way to end the problems in and around Jammu and Kashmir,” she said. She said the state government has the full support of the Prime Minister and his team.
“The Prime Minister called me this morning, immediately on his return from Saudi Arabia, reassuring me of full support from the Government of India in mitigating the sufferings of the people of J&K,” she said.
Ms Mehbooba said, however, peace and harmony is imperative for any positive initiative to take shape and have an impact on the ground. “J&K essentially has huge stakes in peace, harmony and stability, as people both in Kashmir and Jammu regions have to suffer enormous human tragedies and economic losses because of the hostility. “While people living along the borders in Jammu region suffer and live under the constant threat of cross-border shelling, the people in Kashmir valley are suffering because of the continued internal strife and recurrent violence,” she said and added that peace along the borders in Jammu region and within the mainland in Kashmir is key to development and progress.

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