Important to talk to militant leadership: Mehbooba Mufti

Important to talk to militant leadership: Mehbooba Mufti
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‘Congress hanged Guru out of turn, BJP hopes to garner votes by JNU case’

Anantnag: Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti, Tuesday said that it was essential to hold a dialogue with the militant leadership in Kashmir.
“I have always maintained, since my advent into politics in 1996, that the local militants are the sons of the soil. If they are killed we lose assets of Kashmir,” Mehbooba said in an interaction with media, here at Dak Bungalow of Anantnag.
She held a long interaction with the media personnel following her meetings with her workers at the Dak Bungalow.
Among other things, Mehbooba talked about the militants in Kashmir.
“While nothing can be done in the scenario of an encounter, where militants and security forces are in a face off, efforts otherwise should be made to save these militants for they are our assets,” Mehbooba said.
She was recently criticized for visiting families of some militants in southern Kashmir, following which she had maintained that she got invited by these families and did not visit on her own.
Today, she maintained that it was equally important to talk to the militant leadership as it was to talk to Hurriyat and Pakistan.
“Not now but we have to talk to the militant leadership. It is them who are holding the gun and it is them who can bring an end to the violence. So it is imperative to talk to them,” Mehbooba said.
During the course of the interaction the former Chief Minister was also asked about the filing of a charge sheet in the “JNU sedition” case.
Mehbooba said that the case was an attempt by the BJP ahead of 2019 polls to garner votes, similar to Afzal Guru’s out of turn hanging by the Congress in 2014.
“The Congress hanged Guru out of turn in the hope that they will beat BJP in polls and the BJP is doing the same with the JNU sedition case,” Mehbooba said.
There are seven Kashmiri students named in the charge sheet, along with student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar and Omar Khalid of the JawarLal Nehru University of Delhi.
Mehbooba asserted that this should not happen, “For it will have negative results in the future,”
The former Chief Minister was also asked about the promise of a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” by NC President, Farooq Abdullah in case his party comes to power.
“I welcome any such step. But have they delivered on any promise since the last 70 years. They had a two thirds majority in the assembly and they tabled the ‘autonomy resolution’ which was thrown into the dustbin. What did they do then?” she asked.
She alleged that the NC, while being in power, has only contributed with draconian POTA and the Task Force-which her father “did away with once he came into power”.