ANANATNAG: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday appealed to Pakistan “to let the peace return to valley by stopping support to militancy”.
“I appeal those across the border to renew the policy of not supporting gun that they had adopted during Vajpayee’s regime. I appeal them to help in restoration of peace. Only then talks can begin here and on other side of the border,” Mehbooba told party workers in Dooru area of Amantnag.
She was campaigning for her brother Tadaduq Mufti who is contesting the by polls for Anantnag parliamentary seat slated on April 12.
Mehbooba said that “Vajpayee ji used to say that ‘we can change friends but not neighbours.’”
“The dialogue process started during his time had raised the hopes of improvement in the relations between the two countries. But later entire process of dialogue was halted,” Mehbooba told the gathering.
She also hailed the efforts of Prime ministers Narinder Modi in extending hand of friendship to Pakistan.
“Modi ji last year straightway drove to Pakistan to meet Nawaz Sharief but unfortunately Pathankote happened,” Mehbooba said.
She said that her government has two challenges to tackle including militancy and stone throwing.
“When PDP came into power last time there was only one challenge that was militancy. But now we have one more challenge that is how to help the stone-throwing youth come out of the difficult situation they are in. We are trying our best to bring back the militants into mainstream,” Mehbooba said.
She said that to face these two challenges PDP needs support of its workers.