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Modi alone can pull Kashmir out of quagmire: Mehbooba Mufti

Modi alone can pull Kashmir out of quagmire: Mehbooba Mufti

The Chief Minister said that Modi enjoyed the mandate of the people of the country to address the issues like Kashmir hence was the only hope left for the people of the State to take them out of the quagmire.

CM Mufti said she could be criticised by the people for what she is saying but she has a firm belief that PM Modi can only help in improving the deteriorating situation in the state.

On April 25, Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi and was "unequivocally" told that the Centre couldn't offer a "dialogue (with separatists and other restive groups in the Valley) while there is stone-pelting and militant violence".

He went to Lahore and met the PM of Pakistan. "It is my earnest appeal", she said. "He also would have tried to end the confrontation between the two countries, but he had no courage to do that". "It was not an ordinary feat", she said in an apparent hint to push for talks. "Before him (Modi), a prime minister had also desired to go to Pakistan for over 10 years".

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The Congress leader also sought to know what assurances NSA Ajit Doval had received from his Pakistan counterpart during their December 2015 meeting in Bangkok which made Modi visit Lahore in the same month later. The party spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said in a signed statement that Mufti's unilateral declaration of loyalty to the Prime Minister vis-a-vis the resolution of the Kashmir issue was astounding as the Prime Minister had publicly snubbed and humiliated her father "by curtly telling him that he doesn't require any advice on Kashmir during a public rally in Srinagar".

"The chief minister said militancy declined during that period and there was peace on the borders".

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a flyover in Gandhi Nagar, Mufti, while referring to the recent turmoil in the state, said, "Mein aaj bhi yeh kehti hoon. The lava was simmering and it surfaced in 2008 and 2010 and now it's what we are seeing", said the CM. "It was not an ordinary feat", she said in an apparent hint to push for talks.

Speaking on the existing situation in the valley, Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday asserted that their focus towards the state had not changed, while assuring to bring growth and development soon.

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