Mehbooba Mufti’s call for talks with Pakistan is absurd; the answer is to take war into enemy territory

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has given a call in the state Assembly that India 'must' talk to Pakistan to 'end bloodshed'. Ostensibly, this is based on the recent terrorist attack by ISI-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists at the Sunjwan Army Camp on 10 February and another terrorist attack on a CRPF base in Srinagar two days later. She hasn't specified with whom in Pakistan talks should be held – the prime minister, Pakistan Army, the ISI or radical mullahs like Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar or someone else?

It is also unclear how in her assessment, talks will make Pakistan stop exporting terrorism, with Pakistan having publicly announced 'Death by a Thousand Cuts' as its policy against India, which it has been implementing over the past years. Strangely, when the terrorist attack took place at an army camp in Uri on 18 September, 2016, killing 17 army personnel (mostly due to burning) and injuring another 19, Mehbooba was not rooting for talks with Pakistan.

It has become a fashion between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) to alternately call for talks and firm action against Pakistan.

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