NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday slammed Pakistan for fuelling protests in the Kashmir valley.
“Pakistan has been openly trying to provoke and fuel tensions in Kashmir valley,” Mehbooba Mufti told reporters after her meeting with PM Narendra Modi.
Mehbooba said that “PM Modi, like all of us, is very concerned with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir”.
Mehbooba said that the situation in Kashmir has been bad since 2008. “The UPA government had ignored the situation after the 2008 unrest. But PM Modi is trying to resolve the situation,” she said.
Mehbooba praised PM Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh for taking initiatives to start a dialouge with Pakistan.
“PM Modi reached out to Pakistan, went to Lahore+ , but then Pathankot happened+ . Home minister Rajnath Singh also went to Islambad. Unfortunately, Pakistan has repeatedly given up chances to talk and resolve the issue of violence in Kashmir,” the J&K CM said.
“Now, it is time for Pakistan to respond if it wants peace in Kashmir,” she added.
Calling for talks between interlocutors and all stakeholders to resolve the Kashmir situation, Mehbooba also urged Separatists to come forward and help in saving lives of innocent youth in the state.
“As a mother, I am pained to see that kids are being told to go out and stone police stations. Will stone-pelting solve the issue,” she asked.
This is the first meeting between the Prime Minister and Mehbooba after the protests erupted in the valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.