India is not in a position to fight a war with Pakistan: IOK CM Mehbooba Mufti

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India is not in a position to fight a war with Pakistan: IOK CM Mehbooba Mufti

SRINAGAR - Occupied Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said India is not in a position to fight a war with Pakistan.

She urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to re-open talks between the two neighbours. She also appealed to Kashmiri Pandits who fled the Valley to return to their roots.

Mufti's appeal to PM Modi mirrors similar statements made by her political opponent, National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah. She raised the example of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's bid to move forward with talks with Pakistan.

"I urge Prime Minister Modi to talk to Pakistan, just like Vajpayee ji did. Neither we nor Pakistan are in a condition of fighting a war. Both countries know if there will be a war, nothing will be spared. Both nations will lose everything," said Mufti, news agency ANI reported.

The reference to Vajpayee was his repeated bid to stabilise relations with Pakistan during the Musharraf era, despite the Kargil conflict.

Mufti also urged Kashmiri Pandits, who fled Kashmir to escape violence during the militancy of the 1990s to return to the Valley. "Kashmiri Pandits should visit Kashmir .

Their younger generations should see where their roots belong to. We will make all arrangements. Whatever has happened in the past is unfortunate, but now we will have to move forward," she said.

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