War no solution, dialogue the only way out: CM


Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that war is no solution to the Kashmir dispute and dialogue is the only way out to resolve the issue.

She also accused the private TV channels of portraying negative picture about the situation in Kashmir during debates and regretted that leaders calling for dialogue are dubbed as anti-nationals by the anchors.

Speaking in the assembly before the adjournment of the house, the chief minister said dialogue is the only way out and talks with Pakistan are imperative for restoration of peace and normalcy in the state.

Asking TV anchors of National news channels to give up the practice of dubbing leaders seeking dialogue with Pakistan as anti-nationals and calling irrelevant people for the debates on Kashmir situation, the chief minister said four wars have been fought so far but wars couldn’t lead to any solution.

She said dialogue with Pakistan is the key to restoration of peace and normalcy in the State.

The Chief Minister said that she does not care even if she is labeled as an anti-national for seeking a dialogue with Pakistan.

“Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end bloodshed. I know I will be labeled anti-national by news anchors tonight but that doesn’t matter. The people of J&K are suffering. We have to talk because war is not an option,” Mehbooba said.

The Chief Minister also thanked Union external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for announcing three new passport seva Kendra in the state.

“Thankful to @SushmaSwaraj ji for launching Passport Seva Kendra’s in Anantnag, Kathua & Baramulla. The issue was taken up with the MEA some time ago so residents in those districts don’t have to travel to Srinagar for passport services,” Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

Notably, there was only two passport seva kendra’s in the state, one at Jammu and another at Srinagar.

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