India-Pak dialogue inevitable for Kashmir solution: Mehbooba

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JAMMU: Describing the Article 35-A of the Constitution as a bridge between the J&K State and the Union of India, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said that she had warned the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pull out of the Government if the BJP tried to fiddle with Art 35-A.
While talking to media-persons on the side lines of workers’ rally at Rajouri today, the PDP president said, ” As I had already revealed we had conflict with BJP on two-three issues and Article 35-A was one of them. I had told Modi Ji, if the BJP will fiddle with the Art 35-A, we will break the alliance and come out of the Government.”
She claimed that the Article 35-A serves as bridge between J&K and the Union of India. ” This is very serious issue. If you will try to break the bridge, it means you are separating yourself from the State and are willing to break the relations with its people,” Mehbooba maintained.
Replying to another question, Mehbooba said, ” Our priority should be to improve the relations with Pakistan and initiate dialogue process with our neighbor and separatists, following the policy of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. We should adopt human approach in solving Kashmir as the people there are facing pellet guns and bullets.”
Earlier, addressing workers’ meeting at Dak Bungalow, Rajouri, Mehbooba termed the dialogue and reconciliation between India and Pakistan inevitable for the resolution of Kashmir issue and making peace and tranquility in inseparable features of the violence infested State.
Appealing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend hand of friendship to Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan, Mehbooba said that peace in South Asia will only be possible if peace is established in the State. “Opening of the new roads between the divided parts of the State and strengthening of people to people contact will lead to success. Prime Minister Modi has to pick up wherefrom late Vajpayee has left the peace process and doing so will usher a new era of development and tranquility in the two countries and people living amid constant fear can heave a sigh of relief from constant confrontations,” the PDP president said.