On Monday, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that it was the “best time” for the country to hold talks with Pakistan as the neighboring nations’ newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan, is being touted as a “proxy” their army.
If being presently initiated, Ms. Mufti said that the talks between the two neighboring nations at this time could prove “beneficial”.
During the ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’ event in Delhi, Ms. Mufti said that “If Imran (Khan) is a proxy of Pakistan’s army then this is the best time to talk. When Imran Khan says he is ready to talk, to open corridors, then I think the army is also on the same page…”
She continued that the “best bargain” for India, vis-a-vis the Kashmir issue, was during the time when Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf as during that time ceasefire was initiated at the border and the opening-up of the Muzaffarabad route.
“The talks could be beneficial now….why should we not talk?” added Mehbooba Mufti.
She further said that her party will surely “join hands” with any political party, which will seek the support of the “resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue.”
Ms. Mufti further said that “if we can join hands with the BJP, we can do so with anyone for resolution of the J&K issue.”
Ms. Mufti claims that her PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) went with BJP, during the last political regime in Jammu and Kashmir, was “suicidal” and the party was “disappointed” that this experiment has started the political process in the state didn’t work.
When enquired if she had any lessons to learn, the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister replied in a negative tone.
She added that “They (the BJP) didn’t teach me any lesson. I stood my ground…(in taking decisions). We experimented (through the PDP-BJP alliance) for the people of Kashmir, but that did not work.”
Ms. Mufti further claims that there was a huge difference between former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee led-BJP government and the current BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
She also said that “(Atal Bihari) 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.”
In an apparent dig at BJP, Ms. Mufti said that “Thank God, they have not given voting rights to cows.”