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India, Pakistan should address problem of terrorism: Mehbooba Mufti

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Udhampur (J&K): Both India and Pakistan need to address the problem of terrorism like other countries which are coming closer to combat terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday.

Talking to reporters in Udhampur, she said, "Both India and Pakistan need to address the problem of terrorism and alienation of youth. If we keep fighting then this would pose a threat to our existence."

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Reuters

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Reuters

Terming Muslim nations as the worst victims of terrorism, she said, "Nations across the world are coming closer, terrorism has emerged as the biggest challenge for all countries. Muslim nations are the worst victims of terrorism."

Pitching strongly for peace initiatives, Mehbooba said that terrorism has emerged as the biggest threat and "the money being spent on animosity can be instead diverted towards good purpose".

She lauded the resumption of peace talks between India and Pakistan.

"It is good that talks have resumed again. Terrorism is the biggest challenge for us. See what is happening in Syria, Libya and Pakistan. Western countries too have now such problems," she said.

"I think it (terrorism) is a global phenomenon. It is not confined to a region or a country, it is now global. Pakistan is facing terror blasts and they are using drones to eliminate terrorists," she said.

Mehbooba said Pakistan needs to take lessons and keep good relations with neighbouring countries as it has already lost three wars to India.

"Pakistan needs to take lessons as to how long its will fight as it has lost three wars (with India) and we need keep good relations with out neigbhours," she said.

She expressed optimism and lauded the efforts on Indo-Pak engagements for peace talks despite the deadly terrorist attack on Pathankot IAF station.

"The talks have begun. The Prime Minister had gone to Lahore where an informal meeting was held. After that, unfortunately the Pathankot incident took place, but despite that talks went on. Even recently, the talks were held," Mehbooba said.

She said if both the countries come together and mutually resolve their issues through friendly relations, then even Jammu and Kashmir would get peace and normalcy, adding, Prime Minister talks on development would be possible only if their is peace.

"Peace is only interest of people of Jammu and Kashmir. We want good Indo-Pak relations as if affects us," she said.

The State cabinet, which met under the chairpersonship of Mufti in Udhampur, welcomed resumption of Indo-Pak foreign secretary level talks.

First Published On : Apr 29, 2016 20:40 IST

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