Mehbooba rules out third party mediation on Kashmir

Syed Salahuddin
Syed Salahuddin

23 July, 2017

Slamming National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah for his comments seeking third party intervention to solve Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that the problem has to be resolved through talks and there was no need to take support from China or USA in the matter. Will you wait for 1,000 years?

She said that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral issue and it can only be resolved through dialogue between India and Pakistan.

In an interaction with a visiting Press Council of India (PCI) team here, Mufti alleged, "A section of the country's media has been indulging in debates, discussions and reportage about the state and its people, most of which is far from reality".

"Our policy on Kashmir has not changed", said a State Department spokesperson. "So take their help for talks and tell them we want to solve it", the 79-year-old leader said.

"If India is ready to talk to China and does not want to get into war, then they can talk to Pakistan also", he added.

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"I condemn this. I will ask him to apologise for such comments", he added. "You have to use someone for the talks", Abdullah said here.

United States officials have acknowledged that there have been inconsistencies in the American description of Jammu and Kashmir, but insisted there was no change in its policy saying the "pace, scope and character" of any discussion on Kashmir is for India and Pakistan to determine.

She said that both India and Pakistan have to respect the agreements between the two countries to end the hostilities.

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