Says J&K bears brunt of Indo-Pak hostilities, bats for talks

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday stressed for dialogue between India and Pakistan asserting that the state bears brunt of hostilities between India and Pakistan. “There is need for dialogue between India and Pakistan as it is Jammu and Kashmir which bears the brunt of hostility between the two neighbouring countries,” Ms Mufti said while replying to the discussion on Motion of Thanks on Governor’s Address in the Legislative Council here. “We have to go back to the era of Atal Behari Vajpayee who opened a new chapter of trust and friendship in which the Pak leadership vowed not to allow any anti Indian activity on their soil”, she said. On the steps taken by her Government, the Chief Minister said in a major decision aimed at their social integration, her Government, immediately after taking over, started the process of withdrawal of cases against the youth from 2008 onwards. “Immediately after taking over we started the process but it got disrupted due the unrest of 2016. But now we have withdrawn the cases against youth from 2008 to 2017 amounting to more than nine thousand youth”, she informed the House.