29 November, 2020

Forward, With A Sentimental Throwback

Ruling PDP pushes Vajpayee-era India-Pak talks as a way out of Kashmir violence. Political stunt, cries NC.

Stern CM
Mehbooba Mufti, 58, doesn’t want to be seen as ham-handed
Photograph by PTI
Forward, With A Sentimental Throwback

When Pakistan yet again violated its truce with India—this time disturbing a larg­ely calm sector—the Jammu and Kashmir government made a fresh and fervent appeal to resolve the imbroglio. The day the armies of the two countries exc­hanged heavy fire in Uri off Pooch along the Line of Control, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti rep­eated her plea for a dialogue with Isla­mabad. Add­ressing a Sunday function in nondescript Devsar area of Kulgam district, she also wanted more Cross-LoC roads opened for trade and travel with the western neighbour.

That move has piqued the Opposition National Conference (NC). Its leader Omar Abdullah says Mehbooba has chosen a wrong audience to broach the subject. “She must be in Delhi to convince the powers-that-be,” he says, cryptically. I don’t know what she wants to achieve by going public over this matter. In a way, it’s an admission that she is forced to take the line because she is unable to convince Delhi of the soundness of her argument.” The former CM also notes that...



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