Calls civilian killings as unfortunate, assures action against guilty soldiers for thrashing policemen
Anantnag: Rejecting Farooq Abdullah’s idea of asking the United States to mediate over the Kashmir dispute, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday that US intervention has brought only destruction to places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
“We have glaring examples of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria where US intervention has brought nothing but absolute destruction,” Mehbooba told media persons in Anantnag today, where she conducted a one-day tour to take stock of various development projects.
She said that China, too, had its own issues to look after and its intervention in Kashmir won’t be pragmatic.
She was reacting to a question regarding Farooq’s statement advocating intervention by “allies” like US and China in the Kashmir dispute.
Farooq has faced widespread criticism from Indian and pro-Indian political parties for his statement.
Mehbooba said that Farooq has his “own style”.
“He once advocated bombardment across the border for resolution of Kashmir issue,” she reminded.
The chief minister reiterated that bilateral talks between India and Pakistan were the only means for a resolution of the Kashmir issue.
“We have a roadmap in the form of the Shimla agreement and the Lahore declaration. By following the roadmap, not only the Kashmir issue can be resolved but poverty and corruption can also be fought by both the countries together,” Mehbooba said.
She added that the human cost of the confrontation on both the sides is too huge to ignore.
Mehbooba was asked about the alleged assault by army men leaving at least 6 people injured in Gund area of Ganderbal in central Kashmir, to which she assured immediate action against the guilty army men.
Reacting to the two civilian killings in the past three days — one in Bijbehara and another in Beerwah area of Budgam district — Mehbooba called the killings unfortunate.