Head of Jammu Kashmir calls for peace talks

Only way to resolve dispute is dialogue with pro-independence leaders, says Mehbooba Mufti

Head of Jammu Kashmir calls for peace talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

The chief minister of Jammu Kashmir has said dialogue with pro-independence leaders is the only way to resolve the regional dispute.

In an interview with the Indian newspaper, The Hindu, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said she had not yet given up on the possibility of talks.

“I have not given up. What is the other option for us? Even if we go to war, what will change? I hope some part of the government may be reaching out to them [resistance leadership],” Mufti said.

She said there is a need to open Kashmir to the whole world.

“Why can’t we have, for example, an advisory council between the two Kashmirs, who meet once or twice a year and discuss trade, tourism and environmental issues? I know it sounds unrealistic, but I don’t see a better solution.”

Mufti also blamed the media for confusing dialogue with appeasement.

“Unfortunately dialogue or engagement is confused with appeasement. As soon as one says the word dialogue, electronic media and others say you are appeasing the separatists [resistance leadership], appeasing the other side. Dialogue is engagement for reconciliation,” she said.

Mufti, 57, came to power in 2015 replacing her father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who died as the chief minister of the region.

 

 

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