August 2017 News

PM Modi's Kashmir Outreach Welcomed In Jammu And Kashmir

15 August 2017
The Economic Times
Hakeem Irfan Rashid

Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks that bullets and abuses won't help resolve Kashmir issue has evoked a positive but cautious response from political leaders across the spectrum in Jammu and Kashmir. Welcoming the PM's statement, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said dialogue and peaceful means only can help in resolving issues as the futility of violence has been established all around. Mufti said the slogan 'Bandook se na goli se, Baat banegi boli se' coined by PDP some 15 years ago is as relevant today as it was then. Earlier, while addressing August 15 function in Srinagar, Mufti said all political parties were on the same page about the need to defend special status of the state and that nobody would compromise when it comes to identity of the state. 'Political fight or fight for the chair is different,' she said. 'We are like a fist and we cannot be divided or separated when it comes to our identity.' Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who is under house arrest welcomed the prime minister's Independence Day speech remark that resolution of Kashmir issue is possible if 'humanity and justice' replace 'bullets and abuses'. 'Primarily New Delhi has to shun military approach and look at Kashmir as a political problem,' Mirwaiz said. 'Youth can't be lured into so called mainstream. They want justice, not jobs,' he told ET. Ex-CM Omar Abdullah tweeted that the words of Modi have been very well received by people and expressed hope that it is backed by action as 'everyone is weary of yet more talk and no concrete action'. 'The proof of the pudding is in the eating. We look forward to being embraced in the warm grip of understanding, acceptance and respect,' the National Conference leader tweeted. 'That respect must include respect for the unique status J&K enjoys within the Constitution of India that sets it apart from all other states.'

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