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Friendship between India & Pak imperative for peace: Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti today took stock of the damages caused by ceasefire violations in RS Pura area and said that friendship between India and Pakistan is 'necessary' for the civilians living peacefully along
PTI September 03, 2015 21:10 IST
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Jammu: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti today took stock of the damages caused by ceasefire violations in RS Pura area and said that friendship between India and Pakistan is 'necessary' for the civilians living peacefully along the international borders.

Mehbooba Mufti toured various villages in RS Pura, along the international border, and inquired the locals of the damages caused due to recent ceasefire violations from across the border.

"He (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) should follow the policy of Atal Behari Vajpayee and should tell them that they want peace and friendship with Pakistan," she said.

Peace is imperative towards giving employment to the people of the state, Mufti said.

"We also feel that war should not happen as it would lead to destruction. So let us come and adopt a path to reconciliation and friendship," she said.

"The contradiction as when India and Pakistan were trading bombs in RS Pura, Pakistan was sending onions to India from Wagah border in Punjab and we were sending them rupees from India. If you can get onions from Pakistan and send them money, why cannot you make arrangement that bullets are not exchanged from this place," Mufti said.

"We do not have money for roads; we do not have money for hospitals. Pakistan's situation is even worse than ours. People there are also poor, but we are ready to spend money on bombarding one another," she said.

PDP President said that her father's, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, agenda is to make Jammu and Kashmir a peaceful state where people can live and work in peace.

"Our efforts will always be as per Mufti Sahab's agenda, which is to make Jammu and Kashmir a peaceful place to live in," she said.

"I am hopeful that DGMOs talk and try to bring some respite for the people. I am also hopeful that our PM holds talks with his counterpart as the stagnation in relationship is not going to give anything to either sides," she said.

She said that the common masses are always at the losses due to the hostilities between the two nations.

"Only we are going to lose our lives. Our houses are going to get destroyed. Our livestock is going to get killed.

A single buffalo costs one lakh rupees, while if a man dies the family also gets the same amount," she said.

She said that the bordering area of R S Pura has a special place in the heart of her father. "Mufti Sahab loves R S Pura as he has special place in his heart for this place", she said.

She said that both the countries should sit together and work towards resolving all the issues.

"If you can trade onions, you can also discuss peace with them (Pakistan)," she added.