Right-wing outfit burns effigy of J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti

Posted May 07, 2017

Shah's statement came within hours after Ms Mufti said Modi is the only person who can settle Kashmir issue.

"Whatever decision he (Modi) will take, the nation would support him", she said. Opposition parties have questioned PM Modi's silence over the issue.

As for Mehbooba reaching out to the PM, the differences between the BJP and PDP remain despite a high-level meeting between her and Modi in New Delhi last month. "Woh jo faisla karenge, mulk support karega", she said. However, BJP has skipped talking with to Pakistan or to Kashmir separatists.

"Before him (Modi), a Prime Minister had also desired to go to Pakistan for over ten years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Lahore is a proof of his abilities, an example of his moral authority".

Addressing a gathering after the inauguration, Mehbooba Mufti said the need for giving the heavy traffic in the city a vent was earnestly felt and hoped with the oprationalisation of the flyover the problem of traffic congestion would be arrested by a great measure.

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Mehbooba, whose government is battling spiralling protests in the Valley - three civilians and a policeman were killed in violence today, said the situation was the fallout of pent-up anger because of the failure of the UPA regime to continue with the policy of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. "He, however, didn't try", she said.

She said, "He (former PM Manmohan Singh) had repeatedly said he wants to visit his ancestral home in Lahore". She pointed out that militancy in Kashmir had declined during that period and there was peace on the border. "But unfortunately my father was out of the government and Vajpayeeji left, and the process came to grinding halt", she said. "That lava has now spread in the Valley and we are facing it".

Replying to the comment made by Congress leader GS Charak that no developmental work has taken place in Jammu, Mufti said the situation in Kashmir is not good and it affects Jammu also.

"Jammu has many tourist destinations and we are trying to develop them", she added.

"He (the former PM) 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", she said.