No alternative to dialogue on Kashmir dispute: Mehbooba

Jammu, May 01 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti has said that there is no alternative to dialogue with regard to the Kashmir dispute.

Mehbooba Mufti speaking to journalists in Jammu said, “The dialogue is the only way forward as there is no alternative to it whether they like it or not.”

To support her claims, she said that Kashmir was an issue even before the United Nations and also referred to the Lahore and Shimla agreements with Pakistan.

“Unless, we win the confidence of the people, till then the neighbouring country (Pakistan) will continue to speak (on Kashmir issues),” she said and again stressed on holding of dialogues which were held despite Kargil war and Parliament attack even during Vajpayee time..

“Here our people are facing problems due to the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA). You can detain anyone you know about what happened regarding Shopian and HMT and other places,” she said in reaction to the questions of journalists. She further said that you cannot punish all the people of Kashmir because some people have taken up arms.

Responding to a question, she said t: “They want to erode the existence of J&K which is a Muslim majority territory following the revocation of Article 370 in an unconstitutional manner. Hence, they are trying to weaken J&K in all aspects.”

She further said that on the one hand, they have not been able to give jobs and on the other Kashmir’s jobs were being offered to the outsiders.

Answering questions of “bulldozer politics”, Mehbooba Mufti said that India’s foundation was based on secularism which is in the DNA of the people of the country despite attempts being made to break secularism by the BJP like in Karnataka.