Having created a furore for her ‘Tiranga’ and ‘Indira Gandhi‘ remarks, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday asked Modi Government in the Centre to resuscitate Lahore Declaration to bring peace in the state.
Addressing a gathering, CM Mufti said, “I appeal Centre to revive Lahore Declaration so that we can live peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir.”
The CM wants the Centre to fortify the Indo-Pak ‘Lahore Declaration’ that was stalled after the outbreak of Kargil war in 1999.
Notably, the bilateral agreement of Lahore Declaration came into existence after Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif signed the treaty in February 1999, months before the Kargil war.
As per the agreement made, both India and Pakistan agreed on a responsible development of atomic arsenals to avoid nuclear outburst in the region. However, the treaty was short lived after as the Pakistani troops infiltrated inside Indian Territory that led to a war between the two countries.
Earlier, Mufti courted controversy on Friday where she praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership but asserted that for her “India is Indira”.
“To me, India is Indira Gandhi. When I was growing, she represented India for me. Maybe some people won’t like it but she was the India,” She said during a press conference in Kashmir.
Speaking further, Mufti also raised the issue of Article 35(A) and said that any “tinkering” with the special status given to J&K by the Constitution will have serious repercussions.
“Any tinkering with the article won’t be acceptable. I won’t hesitate in saying that nobody will even carry the corpse of the National Flag in Kashmir (if the article is scrapped). Let me make it very clear,” she said.
She also pinned her hopes on PM Modi and asked him to take steps to resolve the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I feel Modi is the man of the moment. He can become the man of history and his leadership is an asset which needs to be harnessed. And there has to be a way to work together and take Kashmir out of the mess,” she said.