JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has declared that Jammu and Kashmir has written its destiny and whatever they will get, they will get from India only whether it is life with dignity, dialogue or opening of routes.
“Jammu and Kashmir has written its ‘taqdeer’ (destiny). I want to set record straight and tell both mainstream and others (a reference towards separatists) that only from India they will get everything whether it is life with dignity, dialogue, opening of cross-LoC routes or development. All you can get from the Government of India,” Mehbooba said in 47 minutes hard hitting speech in the Legislative Assembly while replying to debate on Motion of Thanks to Governor’s Address this afternoon.
Almost entire Opposition including National Conference and Congress members, boycotted the Chief Minister’s Address in protest against Mehbooba not responding to the issues raised by them during Question Hour on civilian killings. However, Independent MLAs-Pawan Gupta and Engineer Rashid were present in the House.
Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has mandate of 125 crore people of this country, which is massive majority, the Chief Minister said he has “power and potential” to solve the issue (of Kashmir). “Dr Farooq Abdullah (National Conference president and former Chief Minister) has also stated that Narendra Modi can solve the problem of Kashmir,” she pointed out.
Meanwhile, Mehbooba also announced grant of amnesty to youth involved in various cases during 2016 unrest, which had spread after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen divisional commander Burhan Wani. Asserting that she had directed for withdrawal of cases against 4327 youth recently and constituted a Committee to review cases against youths registered during 2016 unrest, Mehbooba announced that the Government has decided to grant amnesty to them (youth of 2016 unrest against whom cases have been registered). With this, roughly, 9000 youths will get amnesty, she added.
Lavishing praises on former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, she recalled series of measures taken by Vajpayee to restore peace with Pakistan despite massacres in Jammu and Kashmir when he took bus to Lahore, Kargil incursions, Parliament attack etc.
“Vajpayee’s gesture didn’t indicate that he was weak but he had heart that beat for the people of Jammu and Kashmir…for our security force jawans who were martyred…for our children, who were misguided to take weapons,” Mehbooba said.
The CM lashed out at separatists for not participating in dialogue process.