Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said “neither guns nor the Army” can bring peace to troubled Kashmir.
“Our soldiers are being martyred (in Jammu and Kashmir). Neither guns nor the Army can bring peace to troubled Kashmir,” Mehbooba said while addressing the lawmakers in the state assembly.
“The only way to resolve the unrest is to engage in continued peace talks,” she added.
“Humare fauji mar rahe hain, aap bandook se, fauj se ,koi masla hal nahi kar sakte, bas baat se hal kar sakte hain”
“Dialogue is the only way forward…And dialogue with separatists is the only solution,” Mehbooba said.
She said the policy adopted by government needs resurrection to revive democracy in Kashmir. “There is no democracy in the Valley,” she said. “The young SHO was killed in Anantnag yesterday because democracy is denied in the state,” Mehbooba added, referring to the killing of Station House Officer Feroz Ahmed Dar, known for his role in counterinsurgency operations over the past few years.
Mehbooba’s comment comes a day after militants killed six policemen, including a Station House Officer (SHO), in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Two civilians were also killed at the hands of government forces in Arwani Kulgham where three militants were killed in an encounter.
Mehbooba strongly criticized the opposition National Conference (NC) and said that its “wrong” policies were responsible for the current unrest in the region.
Mehbooba elaborated saying it were the elections of 1987 which created a situation.