Mehbooba retraites talks with Pakistan only option

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Srinagar :On the second death anniversary of her father and former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday made a passionate appeal to India and Pakistan to take measures for the betterment of mutual relations which would consequentially reduce acrimony, violence and lead to an atmosphere of friendship between the two neighbours.Addressing party workers at the mausoleum of late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on the occasion of his second death anniversary, the Chief Minister regretted the loss of lives on the borders during shelling, consequent inconvenience to border people and a general insecurity among people of the two countries about each other.

“For how long should humanity be let to bleed? The leadership of both the countries should rise to the occasion and change the hate mongering between the two people into a peace narrative”, she said in her address.

Mehbooba Mufti said the amicable and friendly relationship between the two countries has a positive bearing on the situation in the State which, she said, has seen enough of bloodshed during the last three decades or so. She said violence has inflicted only miseries upon the people and the State needed to be got out of this vicious cycle. She said this was the main objective to stitch the alliance for government formation in the State and her Government would continue to pursue this goal with all seriousness.Paying rich tributes to late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, the Chief Minister said he was the architect of a vision and mission whose sole objective was to get Jammu & Kashmir out of the miseries of times and give its people prosperous and peaceful times. The opening of more routes, better neighborly relations between the two countries and more people to people contacts were the immediate results and response of this doctrine, she said and regretted that things were not taken so seriously after the late leader demitted office in 2005. She said the vision and philosophy of the late leader are becoming more relevant with every passing day as the situation in the sub-continent obtains.

Mehbooba Mufti, on the occasion, also outlined the measures taken by her government for the welfare of the people. She said she fulfilled the promise of withdrawal of cases against youth and regularisation of 60 thousand casual and daily rated workers. She said she has secured adequate financial assistance from the center which would change the developmental scenario in the State and create huge employment opportunities. But, she cautioned, it all requires a peaceful atmosphere. Many works, she added, could not be executed in 2016 due to unrest and unfortunately, the funds got lapsed.

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