Muscular policy won’t work, Kashmir not enemy land: Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti, who on Tuesday resigned as J&K Chief Minister, said muscular policy won’t work and Kashmir is not an enemy territory.

Published: 20th June 2018 03:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2018 05:54 AM   |  A+A-

Mehbooba Mufti addresses a Press conference after tendering resignation as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar on Tuesday. | (Zahoor Punjabi | EPS)

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SRINAGAR: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, who on Tuesday resigned as J&K Chief Minister, said muscular policy won’t work and Kashmir is not an enemy territory.

“We had not made an alliance with BJP for power. Its big achievement was unilateral ceasefire, dialogue, PM’s going to Pakistan and withdrawal of cases against 11,000 youths,” Mehbooba said after submitting her resignation to Governor NN Vohra.

“I told him (Governor) that we don’t want to explore further alliance options.”

Asked how she sees BJP’s decision of pulling out from the government, Mehbooba said, “It is not shocking. They pulled out from the government and it is their decision”. She said her party had forged alliance with BJP thinking it was the largest party and PM had got a strong mandate.

“We thought that powerful party in Central government will help us to come out of  mess.”

“It took us three months to frame Agenda of Alliance, the basic aim of which was reconciliation and dialogue in J&K... dialogue with people, Confidence Building Measures, good relations with Pakistan.”

Defending PDP’s alliance with BJP, Mehbooba, who had taken over as first woman CM of the State on April 4, 2016, said, “After elections, there were apprehensions on Article 370 and J&K’s special status. However, during our three-four years of coalition government, we maintained status quo on Article 370 and defended Article 35-A in court.”

After losing power, she talked of healing touch and said the muscular policy was not an option.  

“We believe that J&K cannot have muscular policy. And it (Kashmir) is not an enemy territory. It is our own territory. Muscular policy cannot work here,” she said.

She said the government had announced unilateral Ramzan ceasefire so that people could heave a sigh of relief.

“Unfortunately, there was no positive response from the other side.”

Mehbooba said her party believes that healing touch policy, talks with people, dialogue with Pakistan and opening of roads is the best policy. 

“There is no policy other than it,” she said, “We made all efforts on our part for reconciliation and we will continue our efforts.”

She also said her government made all-out efforts for development of all three regions of the State — Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Love-hate story:

Dec, 2014
Elections takes place in J&K. PDP emerges as the single largest party with 28 seats closely, followed by BJP with 25 seats in the 87-member House.

Feb, 2015
BJP chief Amit Shah and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti jointly announce that they had sorted ideological differences and will form a coalition govt.

March, 2015
PDP-BJP govt sworn-in with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed taking oath as Chief Minister. BJP gets Deputy CM in Nirmal Singh.

April, 2016
Mehbooba Mufti takes charge of J&K following her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death. Fissures appear in the alliance, resulting in the delay of transition.

June, 2016
Cracks deepen with BJP accusing PDP of taking a soft stand towards separatists. It calls for more action from PDP against separatists.

Sept, 2016
Senior PDP leader Tariq Hameed Karra quits the alliance and the Lok Sabha, claiming PDP and BJP will become liabilities for each other.

May, 2017
Talks with the Hurriyat Conference becomes another bone of contention. Mehbooba favours parleys while Amit Shah and Ram Madhav oppose vehemently.

Jan, 2018
The Kathua gang rape and murder case adds to the fissures in the alliance. BJP accuses J&K police of a biased investigation. Two BJP ministers support the accused in a rally.

April, 2018
Mehbooba threatens to pull out of the alliance over the BJP ministers’ support to the Kathua accused. The two BJP ministers submit resignation to BJP state president Sat Sharma

June, 2018
Differences escalate as Centre calls off Ramzan ceasefire even as Mehbooba wanted to extend it till the Amarnath Yatra.

June, 2018
BJP pulls out of the alliance. Ram Madhav says it had become untenable to continue with the PDP government. Mehbooba resigns.

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