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Fiddling with J&K’s special status will be disastrous: Mehbooba.

Any attempt made through legal or administrative route to fiddle with J&K’s special status is fraught with dangerous consequences and will be unacceptable to the people of the state, former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said Wednesday.

Addressing PDP functionaries and workers of Anantnag and Pahalgam, Mehbooba, according to a statement issued here, stated that “while it is legitimate for the political parties like PDP to seek people’s trust and their representation, but it is not just for seeking power. The ultimate aim in Jammu and Kashmir has to be the permanent resolution of our problems which have cost the State very dearly for the last seven decades.”

She said that “mere change of governments or any attempt at disrupting the established political order will only push the State and the country into a deeper mess.”

“The consistent stance of the PDP has always been to get the state out of the political crises and address its external as well as internal dimensions. Whether in government or out of it, the party has remained at the forefront to pitch for dialogue and reconciliation between India and Pakistan and make peace an inseparable feature of the violence-infested state,” Mehbooba said, according to the statement.

The PDP president also cautioned that “any fiddling with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is fraught with dangerous consequences and has the tendency to turn the State into a veritable inferno. We strongly believe that the constitution of India has enough space to accommodate aspirations of Jammu and Kashmir but unfortunately the atmosphere is fouled by the attempts being made to fiddle with its special status and louse of mistrust has risen out of that.”

 Mehbooba said that soon after elections were held in Pakistan, the government there made an attempt to reach out to India “but unfortunately, perhaps because of the elections in our country slated next year, same couldn’t be reciprocated. But we must look forward to an acceptable and peaceful solution of Kashmir.”“Those at the helm must realise that there is no substitute to talks between India and Pakistan and between government of India and the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mehbooba said.She said that the PDP has a “consistent stand vis-à-vis dialogue which we have reiterated every time, whether in government or in opposition. We believe that unless there is a political progress in Kashmir, all developmental efforts will remain ineffective as long as people remain alienated and dissatisfied with the system.”

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