Strengthening PDP, not becoming CM my priority: Mehbooba

Jammu: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday that becoming the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir was not her priority as she wanted to strengthen the party.

The Peoples Democratic Party leader also said that her mission was to carry forward her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s dream of bringing peace and development to Jammu and Kashmir.

“America tried fighting and winning a war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Did such a big power win that war? Ours is a much bigger country and we stand to lose more by fighting with Pakistan.

“It is in the best interest of both countries to be friends. That is the only way forward for peace to return to our state.”

She said Pakistan had taken action against those involved in the terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot. She quoted Pakistan as saying that these attacks were carried out by non-state actors.

“It is possible what Pakistan says is right. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji’s decision to stop over in Pakistan is a great gesture.

“Manmohan Singh also wanted to go to Pakistan but he did not have a strong enough mandate to do so. Modiji has a strong mandate which can be used for bringing peace between the two countries. War and war mongering are no solution to any problem.”

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