On the occasion of Army Day (Tuesday, Jan 15), when the nation was honouring the brave soldiers for their bravery and the sacrifices they made for the sake of nation, Jammu Kashmir former CM Mehbooba Mufti was concerned about the local terrorists.
Mufti in a statement called the militants and terrorists “sons of soil”. The Chief of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said that the peaceful conversation is the only way to ‘end the gun culture in Jammu Kashmir’.
Mufti also stated that the administration must try to “save” the local terrorists as it is very important for the government to hold talks with all “stakeholders”, including the Hurriyat leadership and the neighbouring country.
“Right from the time I came into politics in 1996, I have been saying that local terrorists are sons of the soil and our maximum efforts should be to save them because they are assets. If an encounter breaks out, the two people (terrorists and security forces) come face to face and no one can do anything about it then,” she said.
Meanwhile, she also claimed that the people of Kashmir were “upset” with her party but “did not hate us” for forging an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a government in the state.
The alliance ended in June last year after the BJP pulled out of the tie-up, leading to Mufti resigning as the CM.
During a press conference in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Mufti said, “We aligned with BJP to resolve the issue of Kashmir, our party is created for resolution of Kashmir issue not to come to power,”“We are sure sooner people will understand why we joined hands with BJP and leave their grudge aside.”