Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has once again caused furore over her comments. A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan asked India to share “actionable intelligence” on the Pulwama terror attack, she reportedly said an “opportunity” should be given to him to see what he does.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, however, said Pakistan has not acted on the evidence given to it on Pathankot and Mumbai terror attacks.
Mehbooba also welcomed the joint statement by India and Saudi Arabia in a tweet
Amid the din & clamour for war, India – Saudi joint statement on creating conditions conducive for talks btw Pak & Ind is a welcome step. Message for war mongers is loud & clear. Also, by promising investment in both nations, MBS surely knows the art of keeping everyone happy.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 21, 2019
In a video message to his nation on Tuesday, Khan had assured India that he would act against the perpetrators of the Pulwama terror attack if New Delhi shares “actionable intelligence”, but warned against any “revenge” retaliatory action.
“Imran Khan is a new prime minister and he is talking about a new start. I feel that he should be given an opportunity. We should give him proofs and documents and see what he does,” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief told reporters here on Wednesday.
Mufti also denounced the war cries across India and batted for dialogue with Pakistan.
“The two countries cannot afford war. Only illiterate people and fools talk about wars in this era. Both the countries are nuclear powers,” she said.
“If these countries reconcile at this time and clarify (things) with each other, it will not only find a solution to the Kashmir issue, but it will create a better situation in the two countries. It is good for the prosperity of Pakistan,” she added.
Mufti asserted that India and Pakistan need to talk to save Jammu and Kashmir.
“After the Kargil War in 1999, the Agra summit took place. If you have to save Jammu and Kashmir and bring the people out of this problem and also save the jawans of the country, talks are the only way,” she said.
“We need to give them (Pakistan) an opportunity. When war will not take place, there is no question of retaliation,” she added.