Srinagar: To counter the Opposition’s attacks in the legislative assembly, convened for a special session on Saturday to discuss the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reiterated that talks were the only way forward to resolve issues.
“We have to bring our heads together for the common cause and to move ahead,” Mufti said, and trained the guns back on the National Conference (NC), accusing it of rigging elections in 1987.
“Due to that election, the likes of Syed Salahudin, Yasin Malik, and many more were born. It was because of that choking of democracy that we are facing this situation,” she said.
Mufti said that when she was in the Opposition in 1996, she told the government that talks with the pro-freedom were the only way forward.
“The then chief minister told me that they (separatists) should all be thrown into the Jhelum river,” the chief minister said in response to NC’s question on why the state was not holding talks with pro-freedom leaders.
“And when the unilateral ceasefire took place during (Atal Behari) Vajpayee’s time, the then chief minister told he had instructed his Director General of Police to get them (killed) as there was no space left in the jails,” she said.
Mufti said guns and militancy were not a solution to any issue.
“We have to come together to find solution to the issues. It is the Kashmiri who is dying since 1947, who died in 1965, 1971…..It is a poor man who dies in the firing in Nowshera and across the LoC,” she said.
Mufti said that people who talk of state terrorism should know that earlier when there used to be crackdowns, whole villages would empty and their residents flee from the area.
“Now people move towards encounter sites and throw stones. Things have changed,” she said.
On the Goods and Services Tax, Mufti said that people have stealthily imposed central laws in Kashmir without making any consultations.