Early Times Report
ANANTNAG, Mar 2: Former Chief Minister of PDP-BJP coalition in erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State, Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday asked youth to pick up guns as it will yield any solution.
"Please ask my children not to pick up guns because violence is not a solution to any problem," Mehbooba said while addressing party workers here at Dak Banglow Khanabal.
She was world community wasn't supporting Kashmiris as they feel Kashmiris are supporting terrorism.
Referring to farmers' protest, she said that none of them carries a gun or stone in their hand. "Today you can see that the world is advocating their cause. Why do they not advocate our cause? It is because we have been bracketed as terrorists so as to delegitimize our aspirations and our struggle," she said,
Addressing workers Mehbooba said the issue of Jammu and Kashmir wasn't not about roads and lanes but a far bigger issue. "When there is peace, roads and lanes would be laid automatically. They can be even made by DDC members elected recently," she said
"People of Jammu and Kashmir have been living through uneasiness and anxiety for the last 70 years. Thousands of people have been sacrificed whether a militant, a surrendered militant, a common man, a policeman or a security forces personnel," Mehbooba said, adding, "There are ten lakh soldiers and their presence signifies that a Kashmiri has an issue which needs resolution."
"Why are you getting angry? If I do not ask you, should I ask Pakistan? We are asking for a return from the Parliament which snatched our respect and pride. Snatched our identity," she said, adding, "People of Kashmir have been fighting from the last 70 years irrespective of methodology adopted."
While interacting with the media, Mehbooba Mufti said that change of mind in New Delhi and Change of guard in the United States of America was impacting the situation in Kashmir.
"Yes it both 'change of mind in New Delhi and Change of guard in United States' that is impacting the situation here and because of the changing situation, we recently saw how our relations got better with China and now even with Pakistan and I hope India and Pakistan talks reach to political level," she said.
Mehbooba said that if Prime Minister Modi attends the forthcoming SAARC meeting it will be a good follow to ceasefire initiative.