Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday thanked Prime Minister and Home Minister for announcing a sustained dialogue process to be initiated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. She said that the political process on Kashmir was necessary at this time and hoped that the stakeholders in Kashmir shall take opportunity and enter into a dialogue process.
Mehbooba said that she was happy that the centre has started the dialogue which was quite necessary.
“The situation in Kashmir is not good and people are fed up with the violence. So it is the right time to announce the dialogue process. If he centre has take a step, we including other stakeholders should also move a step ahead in cashing upon the opportunity and enter into the dialogue process,” Mehbooba said.
She said that political process is necessary beside the security measures.
“The representative announced by the centre is a good human being and a man of credibility. He was involved in the dialogue process in North-east for a long time,” she said.
“It is a welcome step…. Something has started..It is a Confidence Building Measure and necessity of the time,” she said.
Asked whether NIA action on separatists and some businessman will make the dialogue announcement credible, she said that security measures and political process are separate issues.
“Stakeholders should have concern as people are suffering and they are fed up with the violence,” she said, adding that the dialogue is open to all with no conditions on any side.
Mehbooba Mufti reiterated the commitment and resolve of her Government to work for dialogue, reconciliation and public outreach in Jammu & Kashmir for winning the hearts and minds of people and healing the wounds which the past has afflicted upon its people.