Maintaining that war is not a solution to any problem, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said that Pakistan must keep its promise of not allowing its soil to be used for anti-India and militant activities. She said J&K had suffered the most due to partition in the sub-continent and needed a peaceful atmosphere for development.
The Chief Minister said that only peace between the two neighboring countries will bring welfare for the people, especially for the people of J&K. "Pakistan must honor the agreement reached between former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and the then Pak President General Parvez Musharaff that it will not allow its soil to be used for anti-India activities," Mehbooba said here while launching a package of for Displaced Persons from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).
She said that a dialogue process was also initiated by former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani. "But unfortunately that atmosphere did not last long," Mehbooba regretted.
"We have to bring that atmosphere again, and for that, Pakistan has to keep its promise," she said.
She said that for the last six months, Kashmir has come to a standstill, there is no work, people can't go anywhere and children can't play.
"We have to take the people of Kashmir out of this situation and for this we need help of the central government headed by Narendra Modi who has come to power with huge mandate," she said.
Mehbooba said that J&K is the crown of India but has suffered the most due to partition. "We never wanted partition, and we were also not part of partition," Mehbooba said. "Many problems have arisen and compounded since then. For resolving all those problems, we need the help of everyone," Mehbooba said.
She also said that despite Parliament attack and Kargil episode, and some other provocations, the then Prime Minister Vajpayee did not opt for war. "War is no solution," she said adding, "We cannot change our neighbours."
She also advocated for opening border routes and making JK as economic corridor of Central Asia.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister handed over cheques of financial package among the heads of some displaced persons' families.
Earlier in his address, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for ensuring that the displaced persons get their due.
He said the Government has been sensitive to the problems and difficulties of DPs and is working for the mitigation of the same.
In his address, Minister for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari said the Government has been working for making this compensation more and more easy for the displaced persons. He said his Department would make all efforts in minimizing the difficulties of displaced persons.
Chairman, Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali, several ministers, MPs, legislators, Chief Secretary, B. R. Sharma, Financial Commissioner, Relief & Rehabilitation, B. B. Vyas, senior officers of various Departments and a large number of displaced persons were present on the occasion.