PM ‘only hope’ for resolution of Kashmir dispute: Mufti

RSTV Bureau

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only hope to address the 70-year-old Kashmir issue once and for all.

Mehbooba Mufti with PM ModiSpeaking at the inauguration of a much-awaited flyover in Jammu, the chief minister said, “If anyone can take us out of this quagmire, then it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has the mandate. Whatever he decides, the nation will support him.”

The Chief Minister said that her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee also tried to resolve the Kashmir situation, but since then no efforts were made by subsequent governments.

“Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had improved the relations between India and Pakistan, which were again disturbed due to the lack of initiative taken by the previous governments. Now after 2008, for the first time, people have started expressing passion in the matter,” the CM said.

Mufti met Prime Minister Modi last month in New Delhi and briefed him about the security situation in the Valley. After the meeting, she told reporters that it was important to resume the dialogue process initiated by former Prime Minister Vajpayee.