Mehbooba Mufti: PM needs to make efforts to reach out to J&K

Although the Prime Minister had met the political leadership of J&K in June, she said that she didn’t hear from the central government since then.

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NEW-DELHI: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said the political process in J&K is in a “total limbo”, she accuses the BJP government of running Jammu and Kashmir like a colony and treating it as an experimental laboratory. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spoke about reducing “dil ki duriyaan (distance between hearts)”, should reach out to J&K, she added.

The former chief minister said the “reach out” will have to come from the central government and not from the political leadership of J&K as “everything is in the hands of the central government”. She, however, said she has very little hope left.

Although the Prime Minister had met the political leadership of J&K in June, she said that she didn’t hear from the central government since then.

“The government here has to make the effort. Who are we to make efforts? We have nothing in our hands. Everything is in their hands. “Saare barbaadi tho inhone ki.” Prime Minister Modi had spoken about reducing “dil ki dooriyan”. He has to make efforts to reach out to the people of J&K. What can we do? We have nothing to offer. They have many things. They have to reach out to us,” Mufti said when asked whether she will reach out to the government during an interaction with journalists at the Indian Women Press Corps here.

“In any country… its institutions make the government accountable. The Supreme Court is one of them. Judiciary is one of them. But unfortunately on such a sensitive issue… there had been no hearing for the last two years… you can well imagine where our country is going,” she said.

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