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A day after Mehbooba’s call for Indo-Pak talks, her alliance partner BJP says ‘not the right time’

Jammu: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), the alliance partner of the ruling Poeples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir has said that the time is not right for a dialogue with Pakistan as they are ‘supporting’ militancy.

The statement comes a day after the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had tweeted that India and Pakistan should start engaging in dialogue to end the blood shed in the valley.

“Amid the sound of bullets and spilt blood, a certain section is advocating talks between Pakistan and India, which is not at all suitable at a time when Pakistan is openly supporting militant attacks in the state,” J&K BJP spokesperson Sunil Sethi said.

He added that the Government of India will take a decision on talks with Pakistan and ‘others’ don’t need to interfere.

Apart from her tweet, Mehbooba, on the floor of the house had said, “If Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti say hold talks with Pakistan, they are dubbed anti-national. There is no alternative except talks. If we don’t talk about it, who will? Not a Bihari, not a Punjabi.”

Referring to the attack on the Sunjuwan Army camp on Saturday which left 6 soldiers and a civilian dead, Sethi said the three militants killed belonged to Pakistan.

The BJP leader criticized National Conference legislator Mohammad Akbar for raising ‘Pakistan Zindabaad’ slogans in the Assembly and said that he had ‘insulted’ the whole Muslims community.

“This is an extremely serious matter, not only due to his “anti-national” utterance but also in view of an attempt to divide the population,” he said.


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