JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the statement of Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the central government was ready to talk to the Hurriyat Conference if it comes to the table.
In a statement, Mehobooba described the statement as a welcome step to initiate dialogue and reconciliation in the state. She said that given the positive results on the ground of the Ramazan ceasefire, the country and the state should feel encouraged to start the much-needed process of peaceful engagement with all stakeholders in Jammu & Kashmir.
The chief minister said she hoped that groups like Hurriyat Conference would seize the opportunity and show their responsibility towards the people of the state by displaying maturity to ensure that the opportunity is not wasted. She said that a peaceful engagement among all the stakeholders in the state is urgently needed to get Jammu & Kashmir out of the unending cycle of violence and provide its people a secure, prosperous and peaceful future.
Mehbooba said she has reiterated time and again that dialogue is the only way forward for resolving issues because violence has lost its relevance in the contemporary world, besides taking a heavy toll on people and societies. She said even arch-rivals like US and North Korea and North Korea and South Korea ultimately had to come to the table to iron out their mutual issues.