SRINAGAR: In an open plea, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan to bury the hatchet and become friends for the sake of local Kashmiris and jawans on the border.
“Sarhad paar Pakistan ko bhi main guzarish karti hun, apne mulk ke wazire-e-azam ko bhi guzarish karti hun- Jammu Kashmir ke logon ko is daldal se nikalne ke liye, hamare jawano ki hifazat ke liye, aapas me sulah karo, baatcheet karo, dosti karo (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),” said Mufti while addressing a rally in Kashmir's Anantnag district on Sunday.
Mufti's statement comes a day after four policemen died and two seriously injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Sopore township of Baramulla district.
Taking to Twitter, Mufti wrote:
Pained to hear that four policeman have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore. My deepest condolences to their families.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) January 6, 2018
The policemen were on patrol duty when the IED, planted by militants, went off near a shop in a lane between the 'Chotta Bazaar' and 'Bada Bazaar' in Sopore.
In a pre-dawn strike on December 31, 2017, five CRPF men were killed when heavily armed terrorists stormed the camp of the paramilitary force at Lethpora. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammed.