India must talk with Pakistan, says Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti
Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar, Feb 12: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday called for India-Pakistan talks, quickly adding that she will be dubbed “anti-national” by media houses for making the appeal.

“Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end bloodshed (in the state),” Mehbooba Mufti said in a tweet.

“I know I will be labelled anti-national by news anchors tonight but that doesn’t matter. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are suffering. We have to talk because war is not an option.”

The Chief Minister’s appeal comes amid a spurt in militant violence in the valley as well as unending cross-border clashes between Indian and Pakistani militaries.

Speaking in the state assembly “We fought and won all wars against Pakistan but even now today there is no solution other than dialogue, till when will our jawans and civilians keep dying. Wonder what some media houses would have called Atalji if he took bus to Lahore in today’s time&talked of dialogue”.

“Unfortunately, some media houses have created an atmosphere that if we talk of dialogue (with Pakistan) then we are labelled anti-national”, she added.


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