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Mehbooba Mufti says Article 370 is nation's commitment to J&K, should be honoured

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that Article 370 of the Constitution, which guarantees special status to the state, is the nation's commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and should be honoured.

The chief minister said that dialogue is the only way forward to resolve the Kashmir issue and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has a "huge mandate", can create history by changing the narrative on Jammu and Kashmir.

"Article 370 is the nation's commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and therefore should be honoured, the PDP chief wrote on Twitter.

Her statement comes in the backdrop of a raging debate over the special provision, with calls for revocation of the Article along with Article 35A - relating to special rights and privileges of permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. In another tweet, Mehbooba said, "Democracy is a battle of ideas and dialogue is the only way forward."

She also batted for re-opening traditional routes for reviving economic activities, saying the country should take advantage of the states geostrategic location.

"The country should take advantage of Jammu and Kashmir's geostrategic location and revive its traditional routes to foster greater economic activity," Mehbooba said.


Published Date: Nov 04, 2017 14:30 PM | Updated Date: Nov 04, 2017 14:45 PM

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