K Governor Vohra discusses security issues with PM Modi

Posted May 07, 2017

The Congress leader's fresh attack on the prime minister came after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that only Modi can resolve the Kashmir issue as he has a strong mandate and appealed to him to pull the valley out of morass.

"If anybody can solve the Kashmir issue it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi", Mehbooba said while addressing a gathering of people after inaugurating a flyover in Jammu, winter capital of the State.

She said, any decision by Prime Minister regarding Kashmir would be acceptable to the whole nation. He went to Lahore and met Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Last month, Mufti met Prime Minister Modi at his residence in New Delhi and briefed him about the security situation in the Valley.

Recalling the "path breaking initiatives" of the three-year Mufti government beginning in 2002, she said India and Pakistan signed a historic ceasefire agreement and started cross-LoC bus and truck services. The last visit to Pakistan by an Indian prime minister was in 2004 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. She said PM Modi's Lahore visit was sign of courage and not weakness.

The statement comes at a time when the relations between her ruling PDP and government ally BJP are said to be deteriorating. She pointed out that militancy in Kashmir had declined during that period and there was peace on the border. "It was not an ordinary feat", she said in an apparent hint to push for talks. "But unfortunately my father was out of the government and Vajpayeeji left, and the process came to grinding halt", she said. "Subsequently, lava (among Kashmiri youth) kept simmering since 2008 and today we are facing its ramifications", she said. She also said while her government was trying to improve the situation in Kashmir, there were some forces which do not want it.

"Whosoever takes law in own hands would be dealt with appropriately", she said and cautioned people against "nefarious designs" of some "negative elements" who wanted to derail the developmental process in Jammu region by creating an atmosphere of hate. He said the government and security agencies are working on a strategy to tackle the situation in the restive state.