July 2017 News

US, China Should Mind Their Business: Mehbooba Muft

22 July 2017

Srinagar: Rejecting any third party intervention from China or the US, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday batted for bilateral talks between India and Pakistan under the Lahore Declaration and Shimla Treaty to resolve the vexed Kashmir issue. 'We have a roadmap,' Mehbooba told reporters. 'Even after the war, we (India and Pakistan) have to talk to each other. We have Vajpayee-ji's Lahore Declaration. We have the Shimla Agreement. We have to sit together and talk to each other. What will America, Englistan and Turkistan do? They have made a mess of the issues confronting the world.' Mehbooba's remarks came against the backdrop of former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah's call for third party intervention urging New Delhi to seek help from China and US to mediate the Kashmir issue. 'America and China should mind their own business,' continued Mehbooba. 'Wherever America has intervened, they have made a mess of these countries. China is mired in its own issues in Tibet. Look at the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Does Farooq-sahab want us to suffer like these countries or he wants our state to prosper?' Invoking former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Chief Minister said they should look up to their leaders who have charted a road map for resolving the Kashmir issue. 'We should take it [the road map] forward,' she said. 'Every day, there is firing on the borders and our people and soldiers die. Common people on the other side also die. There should be permanent cure to this problem. It can only happen when we respect these agreements.' Earlier, Mehbooba had visited sensitive south Kashmir, which has been the epicenter of the 2016 unrest that affected development in that region, and inaugurated several developmental projects. 'People were seen in large numbers enroute, eagerly awaiting the Chief Minister,' says a government spokesperson. 'They projected their demands and sought resolution. They were seen struggling to have a word with their leader.'