Kashmir not an international dispute: Mufti
Srinagar: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Saturday said that Kashmir wasn’t an international dispute and can be resolved through dialogue. Talking to KNS at the martyrs’ graveyard in the shrine premises of Khwaja Naqshband sahib (RA) here, he said, “Kashmir isn’t an international dispute. When we were in power (2002-2008) we ensured that Kashmir problem is solved through talks and it was due to our efforts that then Prime Minister (Atal Behari) Vajpayee offered hand of friendship to Pakistan from Kashmir.”
“We also involved Hurriyat in dialogue process. We opened roads (Srinagar-Muzafaerbad) in our tenure and released political leaders. Mobile service was introduced in our time in J&K,” he said. “We took then Prime Minister in a public rally where he offered hand of friendship to Pakistan. But recently when Prime Minister Manmohan and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi came here, Kashmir was placed under curfew and they were taken to Banihal.” “We entered into coalition with Congress in 2002 for the betterment of Kashmiris. It changed the situation in Kashmir and Vajpayee offered hand of friendship to Pakistan which was reciprocated by General Musharaf,” he claimed.
Asked to comment on possibility of pre-poll or post-poll alliance between National Conference and Congress, he evaded direct answer, “They are already in alliance and are responsible for the present uncertainty in Kashmir. There is financial indiscipline and there is no governance and accountability in J&K. Due to incompetence of state government Rs 3000 crore remained unspent last fiscal,” he rued.
On hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Mufti said, “I wrote a letter to Prime Minister and told him that it was a setback to Kashmiris. By not allowing his son and wife to meet him was against the basics of democracy. I was told that they will discuss the issue with me in Delhi. And when I went there I discussed it with them.”
In reply to a question about the controversy over the latest remarks of Narendra Modi,