Dialogue With Pakistan Necessary to Avoid Bloodshed: Mufti

“If Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti say hold talks with Pakistan, they are dubbed anti-national,” she said.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday, 12 February, called for India-Pakistan talks, quickly adding that she will be dubbed "anti-national" by TV channels for making the appeal.

"Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end bloodshed (in the state)," Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

The Chief Minister's appeal comes amid a spurt of militant violence in the state as well as unending border clashes between Indian and Pakistani militaries.

Addressing the J&K Assembly on the last day of the Budget session, Mufti said:

We have fought three wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971 and have won all of them, even the Kargil war. But our basic problem has not been resolved. Baatchit ke bina koi hal nahin hai (there is no solution without talks).

The chief minister also hit out at some media houses, which, she claimed, have created an atmosphere in which the very talk of peaceful discussions is considered anti-national.

"If Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti say hold talks with Pakistan, they are dubbed anti-national. There is no alternative (to resolve the issue) except holding talks," Mehbooba told the state Assembly in Jammu on the concluding day of the Budget session.

"If we (the Kashmiris) don't talk about it (dialogue), who will? Not a Bihari, not a Punjabi," she said.

She assailed "some TV channels" for vitiating the atmosphere in the state.

"There are some media houses that have created an atmosphere where even talking about talks has become anti-national. They hold worst debates with polarised mindset. They bring people from Kashmir who are not even known in their own colonies.

"They always speak anti-India. They are picked up because they use unparliamentary and bad language, particularly against India, and same type of people are picked from the other side to reply to them," Mehbooba said.

Recalling her father, the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, she said the former chief minister always favoured dialogue as a tool to strengthen democracy, which, he felt, was a battle of ideas.

(With inputs from IANS and PTI)

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