United Kashmir Can Link India And Pakistan: Mehbooba Mufti2 March 2010
Bhanderwah: People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has said that India and Pakistan can use the state of Jammu and Kashmir as a bridge to promote friendship. Addressing media on the sidelines of a workers rally at Bhaderwah in Doda district, Mehbooba said: 'We are not asking to change the Constitution, but instead of infringement of Constitution, we want to unite both the Kashmirs. And we want that Jammu and Kashmir should act as a bridge between India and Pakistan.' 'Instead of becoming a base of rivalry, it should act as bridge. There should be friendship between both the nations and for this it is necessary to unite both the Kashmirs,' she added. Mehbooba also criticised Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's surrender policy, terming it as a gimmick to divert the attention of people from State's real problems. 'To divert the attention of the people from the problems they are facing in the present scenario, government has again floated the surrender policy like they earlier did with Justice Saghir report,' she added. Abdullah has however, defended his surrender policy offer for militants in Pakistan claiming that pragmatic issues require the economic rehabilitation of ultras. Abdullah's amnesty offer is aimed at facilitating the return of youth, who had crossed over to train in military camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.