Amid the increasing tension between India and Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack, former J&K CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has once again batted for Pakistan reiterating that Imran Khan should be given a 'chance' to initiate talks in the matter, since 'he is a new PM". He reasoned her stand by saying that he is initiating discussions on 'Naya Pakistan'.
"Given Imran Khan is a new PM, he should be give a chance. We should hand him the proof and evidence and see if he takes action. I believe Pakistan is going through a lot of problems. So the two countries should reconcile and have talks, not just on Kashmir. It will bring a breath of fresh air in Pakistan and will help their country," Mehbooba Mufti said speaking in the matter.
Earlier on Tuesday, minutes after Imran Khan's statement on radio wherein he refused to take responsibility of the Pulwama attack leaving aside expressing condolences for the martyred jawans, Mehbooba Mufti has posted a sympathy tweet for Imran, while taking a dig at her own country's government by linking war with elections.
"Disagree. Pathankot dossier was given to them but no action was taken to punish the perpetrators . Time to walk the talk. But Pak PM deserves a chance since he’s recently taken over. Of course the war rhetoric has more to do with the impending elections than anything else," her message read.
Imran Khan on Tuesday brazenly denied Pakistan's role in the Pulwama terror attack, further demanding evidence on the basis of which India was blaming Pak for the attack.
"How can India blame us without any evidence? Why will we do this when we are on the road of development? If they only have to blame Pakistan, then how can we move on? How we will resolve the Kashmir issue if they only blame Pakistan for every attack in Kashmir," he said.
His statement came hours after Indian security forces, in a joint press briefing issued the strongest ever message to Pakistan over terrorism, stating that people entering Kashmir Valley and initiating terror activities will be eliminated. The Indian Army and CRPF also reiterated the role of Pakistan army and ISI in the Pulwama attack, by backing the JeM terrorists.
Furthermore, on record, the JeM, which is backed by Pakistan, claimed the responsibility for the February 14 terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which 40 CRPF soldiers received martyrdom.