“Mufti Sahab too like Pak PM Imran Khan, believed that Modi, a BJP PM, backed by right wing, could carry forward, the process of dialogue initiated by Vajpayee ji. Cong couldn’t do so as it feared backlash from BJP & other right wing parties. But Modi despite a huge mandate frittered away that chance.” Mehbooba said.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said that said there may be a better chance of peace talks with India if PM Narendra Modi’s BJP comes to power again.
Khan said that the Congress party might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right wing if they come to power.
“Perhaps if the BJP – a right-wing party – wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached,” Imran Khan told journalists in an interview.
Reiterating her call to defy the highway ban, Mehbooba Mufti warned Delhi against turning relation with Kashmir into an Israel-Palestine type confrontation.
“Jammu and Kashmir’s relation with New Delhi is not like a Palestine-Israel relation. If New Delhi wants to convert our relation like the Palestine-Israel then they have to be ready for a Palestinian situation as well,” Mehbooba said. Asking people to defy the highway ban, Mehbooba said this was another attempt to subjugate the people of Jammu and Kashmir, their economy and rights.
“I have earlier said this as well. People should drive their vehicles on the highway to defy the order. We will see who does what,” said Mehbooba.