Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti asserted that it was the best time for India to hold talks with Pakistan as the neighbouring country’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan is being touted as a “proxy” their army.
Speaking at the ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’ event, Mehbooba Mufti said, “If initiated now, the talks between the two neighbours at this time could prove beneficial.” “If Imran is a proxy of the Pak army then this is the best time to talk. When Imran Khan says he is ready to talk, to open corridors, then I think army is also on the same page,” the former CM added.
“The talks could be beneficial now….why should we not talk?” she asked. The PDP leader also said her party will join hands with any political party that will support the “resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue.” “If we can join hands with the BJP, we can do so with anyone for resolution of the J-K issue,” she said.
Mufti said her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) going with the BJP, during the last political regime in the state, was “suicidal” and that she was “disappointed” that this experiment to begin the political process in the state did not work.
When asked if she had any lessons to learn, Mufti replied in the negative. “They didn’t teach me any lesson. I stood my ground. We experimented for the people of Kashmir but that did not work,” Mehbooba added.
She also noted that there was a huge difference between former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s regime and the current one under PM Narendra Modi. “Vajpayee was spontaneous and down to earth…he never looked back or over his shoulder. He was a statesman. Today’s NDA is more focused in winning elections,” Mufti said.
In an apparent dig on the BJP, Mufti said, “God save! they have not given voting rights to cows”.