PDP chief and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said the role of Army is over in J&K and maintained “Time has come to tread the path of reconciliation to end the lingering disputes”.
“The Jammu and Kashmir has already been a military concentrated area. There is no need to bring more troops here. The army has played it’s role in J&K for past 30 years to restore democracy. However their (Army) role is over now”, Mehbooba Mufti as per KNS said while speaking to reporters in southern district Anantnag.
The PDP chief was replying to the order of deployment of 18 companies of CRPF in border districts of Poonch and Rajouri by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
On January 1, militants barged into several houses in Dangri village of Rajouri district of Jammu region who resorted to indiscriminate fire on civilians and killed four persons on spot and injured over six. Days after the incident the MHA ordered deployment of 1800 CRPF personnel in twin districts of Jammu to strengthen the security arrangements.
Mehbooba told reporters that the role of military is over in J&K and the GoI should come forward with a reconciliation process. “No doubt military has played a pivotal role in bringing peace and democracy in J&K. But their role has come to an end. Even their (military) top brass expressed many times that J&K cannot be resolved through militarily rather it needs a political solution to end the uncertainty in the region”, Mehbooba said.
She accused BJP of using security forces for completion of their political agenda. “BJP is triggering guns on the shoulders of Army to fetch it’s political agenda”, she said.
While urging GoI to come forward for dialogue, the PDP chief said “Why BJP is running away from dialogue on Kashmir. Why they opt reconciliation with China who not only occupied our land in Ladakh but also martyred our dozens of soldiers in recent past”, and questioned “When confabulations can take place with China, why GoI is running away from dialogue on Kashmir.