Only Narendra Modi can find a solution for Kashmir, says Mehbooba Mufti

Laura Christensen
May 7, 2017

But on Saturday, the 57-year-old CM backed Modi and said whatever he decided (on Kashmir), the entire country would support him. "He (PM) has a strong mandate".

On recent incident of cow vigilantes attacking a nomad family in Reasi district of Jammu province in which five people were injured, Mehbooba said nobody would be allowed to disturb the peaceful atmosphere and mischief mongers would be dealt with sternly.

The J&K chief minister said PM Modi had been given a very strong mandate and he can only bail out the state out of the present situation of unrest. "Prime Minister Modi went to Lahore which is a sign of power he enjoys and an example of his moral authority", she said after inaugurating a newly constructed 1.5 km flyover in winter capital Jammu. Aur yehi wajah hai ki woh ek gantey ke andar Pakistan chaley gaye, wahan ke prime minister se mile. The security forces have to use pellet guns against the uncontrolled stone-pelters.

She also took a jibe at PM Modi's predecessor, Dr Manmohan Singh, saying he did not have the courage to visit Pakistan.

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He also blamed Prime Minister Modi for the severe hit taken by the tourism sector in the Valley in the wake of the unrest. "Whosoever takes law in own hands would be dealt with appropriately", she said and cautioned people against "nefarious designs" of some "negative elements" who wanted to derail the developmental process in Jammu region by creating an atmosphere of hate.

She said the current situation in the Valley is because of the fact that the previous Government didn't carry forward the process initiated by the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and ex-PM AB Vajpayee. "This is not a sign of weakness but an indication of strength and power", she told the gathering.

"He also would have tried to end the confrontation between the two countries, and bring J&K out of this unfortunate situation, but he had no courage to do that".

"In those three years Vajpayee Sahib ensured ceasefire on border, there were talks with deputy CM LK Advani ji, talks (with Pakistan) for opening border routes started, militancy was at its minimal in those three years and there was peace on borders". She said that there was pent-up lava. "Subsequently, lava (among Kashmiri youth) kept simmering since 2008 and today we are facing its ramifications", she said.

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