Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti came out in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday saying that, he is the only hope to end the 70-year-old Kashmir issue once and for all. Mufti while speaking at the inauguration of a flyover in Jammu said, PM Modi alone can help the people of the state in these upsetting situations.
“If anyone can take us out of this quagmire, then it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has the mandate. Whatever he decides, the nation will support him,” CM said.
Mufti once again reiterated her stand of initiating the dialogue process to bring back peace in Kashmir.
“The previous Prime Minister also wanted to visit Pakistan, but could not. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lahore is a proof of his abilities, an example of his moral authority,” she said.
She also mentioned that her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, put effort towards resolving the Kashmir situation, but since then no efforts were being made by succeeding governments.
“Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had improved the relations between India and Pakistan, which were again disturbed due to the lack of initiative taken by the previous governments. Now after 2008, for the first time, people have started expressing passion in the matter,” she added.
Significantly, Mufti met PM Modi last month at his residence in New Delhi. She told him about the security situation in the Valley during the meet. It was significant to continue the dialogue process initiated by former Prime Minister Vajpayee, she had said after the meeting.