India’s relation with Pakistan has a direct bearing on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the disruption in dialogue between the two countries and with the people of the state has resulted in alienation here, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said Thursday.
“J-K has both internal as well as external dimensions. Relations with Pakistan have a direct bearing on the situation in the state and times have exemplified that whenever the relations between India and Pakistan were good, people here enjoyed an era of peace, development and dialogue in the state,” Mehbooba said while interacting with workers from Kupwara and Iddgah Assembly constituencies.
The PDP president said while good governance restores the confidence of people, all efforts towards peace get wasted in the absence of dialogue and engagement.
“The disruption of this engagement has resulted into a situation where people feel alienated from the system,” she said.
The former chief minister added that the present situation of daily killings in the state is a result of the absence of a respectful political process and engagement which, she said, ought to be restored to instill confidence in the system among people and stop the “killing spree” in the state.