‘Hopeful’ Mehbooba Pins Hopes On Dialogue

Jammu—Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday reiterated her hope in resolving the Kashmir issue through dialogue, after convening a meeting with her party workers at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters in Jammu post ‘Darbar move.’

“The hope of resolution via dialogue has been rekindled in J&K,” Mufti wrote on Twitter, and continued with a succeeding tweet: “I am optimistic that parties and organisations in J&K will not miss this opportunity to be a part of peace parleys.”

The state government changes its place of operation between its two capital cities – Jammu in winter and Srinagar in summer – a practice locally known as “Darbar move”.

The state government shifted to Jammu from summer capital Srinagar earlier in the day.

Earlier, Mufti also welcomed the Centre’s move to appoint Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor for the valley, for a “sustained dialogue with all stakeholders” with a view to find political solution to the Kashmir issue.

Don’t jump the gun: Akhtar

Minister for public works, Naeem Akhtar on Monday welcomed the Centre’s move to appoint a special representative for talks with stakeholders in the restive state, saying it was a serious exercise by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 “PM had said that ‘Na goli se, na gaali se, baat banegi gale lagane se’ (Issues cannot be resolved by bullets or abuses, but by hugs) and Sharma’s appointment was aimed at resolving the basic issue,” Akhtar told reporters at the opening of Darbar Move — moving of offices of the state government from Srinagar to Jammu due to winter for six months.

When asked if the Hurriyat’s refusal to engage with Sharma was a setback, Akhtar, a veteran PDP leader, said “that is why talks are held. If there have been no issues, then need for talks would not have arisen”.

Akhtar, who is also the official spokesman of the PDP-BJP government, asked the media not to jump the gun before the talks get started.

“It is a time consuming process,” he added, advising the media to afford sufficient time.

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