SRINAGAR: Saying that people were “feeling safe” and women were praying for the prime minister’s well-being, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday lauded Narendra Modi for announcing the Ramazan ceasefire in Kashmir. She regretted that Pakistan had not reciprocated to the initiative.
“We are thankful to you that you announced the ceasefire during the holy month of Ramazan. People feel safe here for the last three days. Mothers are praying for you for giving them a sigh of relief,” Mehbooba said at the function in SKICC today.
“It certainly is a big step which needed courage and you have amply displayed that. Not only the political parties, every person in the state is grateful to you for putting balm on their wounds,” she said, addressing Modi.
“You invited the Pakistan prime minister, then you went there (to Pakistan). You announced the ceasefire but there is no response from Pakistan and four civilians and a BSF personnel were killed yesterday from their firing,” she said.
She said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir would move forward ten steps for the each step that he takes towards them, she thanked the prime minister for making efforts to take the state out of difficult times.
“JK is the biggest challenge for you. You (Modi) make all efforts to take us out of difficult times. We may be throwing stones and picking up the guns, but still we are like your children,” Mehbooba said.
Jammu & Kashmir being a sensitive state, Mehbooba Mufti said, the political narrative always overshadows the developmental narrative and, as such, needed to be looked accordingly. She thanked the centre for liberal assistance in terms of PMDP and other schemes which are aimed at expediting the development of the state. She hoped that soon work would commence on Vailoo-Singhpora tunnel and other tunnels like Sadhna and Rajdhani are also considered for execution.
Earlier in her speech, Mehbooba forgot to mention Governor NN Vohra and Minister for Power Sunil Sharma in her address. She later apologised to them.