Centre should initiate talks with separatists: Mehbooba

Centre should initiate talks with separatists: Mehbooba

President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that central government should initiate dialogue with separatists in Kashmir as they have raised green flag about talks.

Talking to reporters in south Kashmir's Anantnag townMehbooba said that the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference has said thatthey were ready for dialogue. "The Central government should take advantage ofthe statements made by moderate faction of separatists that they are ready fordialogue. I don't know with which power Central Government will resolve Kashmirother than talks," she said.

"Central government is repeating the same mistake whichseparatists did in 2016 when a team of ministers visited Kashmir and knocked atthe doors of the separatists. This time the separatists have said that they areready for talk. I think it's better late than never, the centre should startdialogue with separatists," she said.

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