India can’t alter Kashmir’s geographical, historical attachment with Pakistan: Mehbooba

India can’t alter Kashmir’s geographical, historical attachment with Pakistan: Mehbooba

Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday said that India can’t alter Kashmir’s geographical and historical attachment with Pakistan and will have to resume the dialogue process from where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has left but she simultaneously blamed resistance leadership for allowing an opportunity of dialogue to go waste when it shut doors on senior parliamentarians during unrest last year.
Stating that dialogue with Pakistan was resumed even after the Kargil war and the attack on parliament, Chief Minister said India and Pakistan will have to learn to live as friendly neighbours the chief minister said though resistance leadership allowed an opportunity of dialogue to go waste by shutting doors on a group of senior parliamentarians during unrest last year but fresh efforts will be made to resume the talks she however said since shutting doors on senior parliamentarians by resistance leadership sent out a very wrong message to New Delhi it will now take time to persuade the government in Delhi to resume dialogue in Kashmir. Calling for sharing of resources with Pak administered Kashmir, Chief Minister said the opening of trade and travel routes between the divided parts of Jammu and Kashmir is high on the agenda of alliance.
Deliberating upon the issue of protection of Article 370, Chief Minister said the real soul of Article 370 lies in cultural ethos and mutual brotherhood of Kashmir. Regretting that resettlement of Migrant Kashmiri Pandits in transit camps in Valley is eyes shut dubbed and attempt to change demography in Kashmir, Chief Minister said Kashmiri Pandits are inseparable part of Kashmir society and we will do everything to foster the reunion of separated Kashmiri Pandit families with the Muslims in Valley. She also lauded the attempts of Muslims to protect Yatris in troubling times during Amarnath Yatra last year. KNS

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