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Dialogue with all stakeholders only way to ensure permanent peace in J&K: Mehbooba

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Wednesday said a result-oriented dialogue with all stakeholders is the only way to make peace in and permanent.

"The PDP has always been a staunch advocate of political process for the resolution of (issue) and has been asking the to hold meaningful dialogue with the Hurriyat, and with other stakeholders," Mehbooba said at a party workers' convention in central Kashmir's Bandipora.

"A result-oriented dialogue with all stakeholders is the only way to make peace in and permanent," she said.

The former said past decades showed that a muscular approach would not work in the state.

"This muscular approach and political patch work will not take us anywhere as this has been tried for many decades and hasn't yielded any positive outcome," Mehbooba said.

"It is unfortunate that some people still believe in the efficacy of these methods and are trying to repeat the old mistakes which will be meaningless and will prove counterproductive," she added.

Mehbooba said people were well aware of the policies of her party and how it had always preferred to stick to its principles over power.

Speaking about Article 35A of the Constitution, she said it could not be challenged in any court of law.

"The state of and Kashmir, as part of the republic (of India), secured its unique position and the same cannot, in any way, be contested in any court of law," the said.

"Article 35A is a matter of life and death for the people of J&K and no one has the authority to challenge the very identity of people of the state in any court across the world," Mehbooba said.

The is hearing a bench of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A, which accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of and bars non-residents from acquiring any immovable property in the state.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 22:50 IST
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