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Mehbooba Mufti's stand lauded by Kashmiris
In a dramatic turnaround of events, Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday announced she will not attend the all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Srinagar to discuss the political crisis in J&K.
IN A dramatic turnaround of events, Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday announced she will not attend the all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Srinagar to discuss the political crisis in Jammu and Kashmir and has urged the Prime Minister to “excuse” her.
 
“I am very thankful to the PM for calling me yesterday (Saturday). I have told PM that please excuse us from this meeting till something worthwhile is done from the highest level. I told this to Home Minister also who has also called yesterday,” said Mehbooba.
 
"It was very kind of the Prime Minister to call me. I have deep regard for the PM. He advised us to attend the meeting. But it was painful to convey my inability to attend the meeting," she said at a press conference in Srinagar.
 
The stand taken by Mehbooba Mufti is seen with a great surprise in Kashmir, as saying no to central level leadership has not been a facet that one could have associated with mainstream politicians of Kashmir. But breaking the tradition, Mehbooba seemed to echo the sentiments of masses and called for taking initiatives at higher level to solve present crisis.
 
“Mehbooba Mufti has taken a courageous step, she should continue to maintain pressure on Indian Government to solve Kashmir Dispute so that our sufferings come to an end once for all”,said Kumail Ahmad, a commoner, while talking to this frelance journalist.
 
The realities of ground suggest that Mehbooba Mufti has taken a historical step and the pressure on Indian Government to solve decades old Kashmir Dispute is all time high, with even the mainstream icons like Mehbooba, whose party has an overwhelming representation in the rural Kashmir calling for political steps to solve the root causes of conflict.
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