BJP govt failed to handle IIOJK situation: Mehbooba

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has failed to control the situation in the territory and is now arming locals to further its agenda of creating a wedge between communities.

Mehbooba Mufti speaking to reporters in Islamabad district of the territory said, ”Arming people with weapons will only serve the BJP’s agenda of creating an atmosphere of fear, suspicion and hatred. It will pit one community against the other.”

She said the move to provide arms and ammunition to Village Defence Committees in wake of the Rajouri attack has exposed the BJP’s claims that the situation has become normal in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.”If that were the case, why bring more security personnel into Jammu and Kashmir? Why arm the local people with weapons? This only shows that BJP has failed in controlling the situation. Now they want to harass the people and increase the bloodshed by these measures, she added,”

Mehbooba said, no power on earth can win a war against its own people.”All the experts and many former army officers maintain that Jammu and Kashmir is a political issue for which there is no military solution.”

Highlighting the need for dialogue, Mehbooba said the authorities were engaged in talks and reconciliation with China even after the neighbouring country committed acts of aggression in Ladakh. ”There cannot be a military solution… China martyred 20 of our soldiers and has occupied 2,000 square kilometres of our land (in Ladakh) but there is dialogue and reconciliation going on there,” she added.—KMS