September 2016 News

Waters Treaty Not In State's Interest: Mehbooba

28 September 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Jammu: As the Central government is mulling review of the Indus Waters Treaty following the recent Uri terror attack, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the agreement is not in the interest of Jammu and Kashmir. She was addressing a function organised in connection with the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to distribute free LPG connections among women belonging to economically weaker sections. Saying war was never an option to resolve the issues, Mehbooba pitched for amicable relations between India and Pakistan to fight poverty and economic deprivation plaguing the region while underlining the need of a bilateral dialogue to resolve various issues. 'The two nuclear armed neighbours must cooperate in the fields of social development, including eradication of poverty, rather than fighting each other,' Mehbooba said. Hitting out at the Opposition for targeting the coalition government over petty issues, she said, 'Those speaking against us used to talk in the language of war when they were in power. Mufti saheb knew that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the mandate of the entire country. This is the reason for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) allying with the BJP.' Mehbooba said in any violent situation the womenfolk suffered the most in Jammu and Kashmir. 'In Kashmir, women have become primary victims of the violent situation over the past three decades which hasn't led us anywhere,' she said. Mehbooba said her party entered into the alliance with the BJP to take forward the mission of restoration of peace in the state. 'If the Centre walks one step towards the people of Kashmir, they will respond with 10 steps,' she said. She said the recommendations made by the Prime Minister's Working Groups offer resolution to every problem in the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, including return of power projects. She said while the state government had started a process of development in the three regions, especially in the field of women empowerment, a parallel process of reconciliation must be initiated to resolve the political problem. Expressing dismay over non-participation of various leaders of the region in the SAARC summit in Islamabad, she said, 'It is unfortunate that while other countries are forging new economic ties, the SAARC countries are going in reverse direction.'