December 2016 News
'J-K Biggest Victim Of Partition, We Don't Want War Again,' Says CM Mehbooba Mufti12 December 2016
The Indian Express
Jammu: A day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh accused Pakistan of trying to divide India on basis of religion, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the state has been the biggest victim of the partition in 1947. 'Our country got independence but unfortunately got divided between India and Pakistan. The state neither had any hand in that partition nor it was part of it. We never wanted partition of the country to take place, but Jammu and Kashmir became biggest victim of it as compared to any other state of the country,' said the chief minister. 'This led to many knots, created many problems and inflicted many wounds. Many such things came up whom we have been fighting for the last many years. If governments at the Centre and in the state along with people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh join hands, we can open all these knots,' she added. Addressing a gathering of displaced persons from Pakistan occupied Kashmir, she said, 'As small issues together have led to a bigger problem, the issue confronting displaced persons from PoK too have become part of that bigger problem which the state has been facing in the Valley for the last many years. That is why Mufti Sahib (former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) always worked for peace and amity between people of all the these regions of the state and also for good relations between two countries.' Invoking former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to prove her point that war was no solution to any problem, she also reminded Pakistan of its promise made to him for not allowing use of its soil for any sort of violent activities against India. 'Today again, we have to create an environment congenial for mending the fences as for how long one can remain in war mode,' she said, adding 'we do not want war again'. Referring to the economic corridor being built by China to connect to Central Asian countries for trade, she asked the Centre to make Jammu and Kashmir state also an economic corridor to Central Asia as it was centrally located. 'You see ships going to other countries through sea route from Gujarat and planes going by air from other states, but all old routes from state to Central Asia have been closed' she added. She also called for opening of other cross border routes with Pakistan for trade between people on both sides. Without naming Pakistani salt, she said that 'one thing which comes via Wagah costs Rs 100 (a kg) to people in the state. However, if it comes here directly from Pakistan, it will cost only Rs 10.'