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Gun has no place now, says Mufti

Luv Puri

Staff Reporter

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today said the emerging situation in the State has closed the option of gun as a means to resolve problems and dialogue has taken the centre-stage.

Speaking in the Legislative Assembly on the concluding day of the current session, the Mufti said the fact that violence as an option to press one's point of view has lost support all over the world was fast dawning upon those who used the gun in the State for furtherance of their agenda. There was a general aversion to use of violence, particularly when the option of dialogue was available.

According to him, the atmosphere emerging in the sub-continent was of peace and reconciliation and the winds of change have swept the entire Jammu and Kashmir.

People of the State, he said, have overwhelmingly expressed their preference for peace and expected the gun-wielding youth to positively respond to the changed situation.

The Chief Minister said the opening of the Jhelum Valley Road and the extension of rail link to Udhampur were two historic events that happened during this session of the Assembly.

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