Jammu, October 28 Chief Minister Mehbooba Muifti today asked Delhi and Islamabad to revive the Vajpayeean spirit of the early 200s when the borders fell silent and a new era of reconciliation unveiled itself in South Asia with improvement of the Indo-Pak relations.
Mehbooba Mufti while speaking out after passing out parade of KPS officers at Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy on Friday did not mince words while describing how the recent hostilities between the two countries and border flare up looks a fearsome contrast to the peace from Kathua to Kargil .
That was the magic of the statesmanship and vision that the former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had shown by extending hand of friendship to Pakistan from Srinagar in April 2003. The ceasefire came into effect and peace followed, she said.
The Chief Minister asked Pakistan to “ behave” and focus on dialogue instead of resorting to cross-border firing resulting in tragedies on both sides of the border.
She lashed out at separatists and other vested interests who were setting afire schools in a bid to enroll the young and poor children into the ranks of chronic stone throwers and drug addicts to destroy the social fabric of Kashmiri society .
“ These are the same very vested interests who first handed guns to the young generatio0n in 1990s, exploiting the poverty of theirs. Now, when guns have failed , they have resorted to these new destructive tactics. It is shame on them because their own children and grand children are unaffected by this destructive ways and means. These are worse than double standards,” she said.