Local Terrorists Sons Of Soil , Says Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR

Terming local terrorists as “sons of soil”, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti  said efforts should be made to save them, adding the Centre should initiate dialogue with the terrorist leadership in Jammu and Kashmir to end the “gun culture”.

“Right now, talks should be held with Pakistan and separatists. Similarly, the terrorist leadership should also be talked to as it is they who have the guns and only they can end the gun culture,” she told reporters in Anantnag after a party function.

“I believe at some stage, talks will have to be held with Hurriyat Conference and terrorists as well,” she said. The former chief minister, however, said it was “too early (for talks with terrorists)”. Mehbooba said local terrorists should be prevented from walking on the path of violence. “Right from the time I came into politics in 1996, I have been saying that local terrorists are sons of the soil and our maximum efforts should be to save them because they are assets.

“If an encounter breaks out, the two people (terrorists and security forces) come face to face and no one can do anything about it then,” she said.