Peace first for dialogue

JK News Today

Srinagar, October 21

In her maiden address at the Police Commemoration  Day Parade, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti  promised peace and dialogue  but wanted the violence and protests with children being used as shields to come to an end first.

Mehbooba  voiced her serious concerns about the separatist leaders, whom she referred as “ big leaders”,   using the young children as shields in the stone-throwing and petrol   bomb throwing protests . “ This is regrettable,” she said  and added  that  she is “ equally concerned over the excesses by the security forces against the civilians and inexplicable deaths,”

“The guilty would be punished,” she declared  in a speech which  summed up the situation in Kashmir for the past 105 days  that has consumed lives, inflicted injuries and paralyzed the life with the pre-July 8 peace nowhere in sight. The current spate of protests has been pegged at the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen commander  Burhan Wani – he was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8 – the third day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Mehbooba Mufti  who  was in Chief Minister’s office  for less than 100 days , when the unrest started  with an eruption , mostly in south Kashmir- her party PDP’s bastion, was overtaken by  turn of events and the scale  of protests.

In a candid  narrative , the  Chief Minister said that “ stones would not bring any one to table. For that, an atmosphere has to be created, we will have to reverse  our  mistakes or correct them  to achieve  an atmosphere of peace and dialogue with the stakeholders in Kashmir as also with Pakistan.”

“ All, including Pakistan, should understand that  the hostilities would lead us nowhere,” and she also made it clear that Armed Forces Special Powers Act is not a permanent  feature, but we can get rid of this only when  there is a peaceful situation and substantive  ground to remove it,” she said.

DGP K Rajendra Kumar  said,” in the current unrest two policemen were killed and 5,000 others injured.”.