Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said that Jammu and Kashmir had signed its future (with India) and the only thing now possible was that the state becomes a bridge of peace between India and Pakistan.
'Pakistan has to understand that the state has written its future and the only thing now possible is that the state can become a peace bridge instead of a bone of contention between the two countries,' she asserted while addressing the state assembly.
Mehbooba said that the state's development will be hindered if it did not show faith in the Indian constitution.
'If we don't believe in the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, if we don't believe in the country's Constitution, then what do we believe in? Then what are you going to get? Where will you get anything from?'
'Ours is the most empowered assembly in the country. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented in the entire nation at once, except Jammu and Kashmir, where it was implemented only after a proper debate in this assembly', she added.
Mufti further stated that she wants to put it on record that whatever the people of Jammu and Kashmir would get, they would get it only from India and nowhere else.
Mufti's statement comes days after she, in an open plea, requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan to bury the hatchet and become friends for the sake of the locals and jawans on the border.
'I request Pakistanis across the border and my country's Prime Minister to help the people of Jammu and Kashmir come out of this mess and protect our jawans by finding solutions, holding dialogues and becoming friends', had said Mufti, while addressing a rally in Kashmir's Anantnag district on Sunday.
The CM also spoke in favour of a political resolution of the Kashmir issue but cautioned that it should not be allowed to be hijacked and turned into a 'religious issue'.
'A political issue should not be hijacked and made a religious issue because we can address a political issue and can find a way out unlike the religious issue,' the chief minister said in her reply to the motion of thanks on the Governor's address in the state Assembly here.
We don't want to interfere in the foreign policy of our country, but the country has to think and understand, like (former Prime Minister) Vajpayee had, that Jammu and Kashmir is the biggest sufferer because of the animosity between the two countries, she said in a 49-minute address.
The chief minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gone to Pakistan but did not get a good response.
She also sais, 'They (parliamentarians) were not weak. They are towering leaders and came to the doors (of separatists) because they had concern for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. But the doors were not opened'.
She said her government would continue its efforts to seek a political solution to the problem and cannot sit idle.