JK News Today
Jammu, March 31
Tassaduq Mufti, son of late Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has opened dialogue with the stone pelters in south Kashmir parliamentary constituency of Anantnag from where he is seeking election to Lok Sabha in a by- poll.
That a dialogue was underway between him and the stone pelteres in south Kashmir , the biggest epicenter of the stone throwing , came to light when Tassaduq spoke to media on the sidelines of his interaction with the Kashmiri Pandit migrants who can play a crucial role in these elections . Their votes count as the separatists’ poll boycott call has got a boost with the recent incidents of high-voltage violence and casualties in the Valley.
Chadoora on Tuesday showcased the dangers that were unfolding at the encounter sites. Three civilian protestors among the stone throwers aiming to disrupt the anti—militancy operations . The deaths transformed the Valley into a cauldron of anger and violence , while the killing of a militant was seen as a marginal story.
Tassaduq ,whose campaign has been badly affected by the incidents of violence, particularly stone throwing in the Valley still reeling under the overcast of the tragic incidents of 2016 when pellets and stones left more than 90 people dead, said “ They “ stone pelters were having their issues.” Though he did not elaborate on the issues, but it could be easily guessed that the boys involved in the death-inviting stone throwing , were angry over the suffocating atmosphere and made more miserable by “ nothing to do.” They want work. That is not there.
Tassaduq Mufti who has been running his election campaign that “ my victory is not over the lives of the people ,” said he wanted to address their issues.
This is for the first time that any political figure has talked of talking to stone pelters.
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