Kashmiri youth have realized futility of senseless violence: Mehbooba

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JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that the Kashmiri youth, who have taken to militancy, have realized futility of senseless violence and they want to return home and live normal lives with their family members.
In a series of tweets today in the wake of surrender by a footballer of South Kashmir within few days of his joining militancy, Mehbooba said: “I understand the predicament of young boys, who have strayed into militancy. Most of them now realize the futility of senseless violence and want to return home to live normal lives with their family members with dignity”.
At the same time, the Chief Minister admitted that the choice to renounce violence is also not going to be an easy task for the youth as some of them could find themselves trapped in the militancy and violence.
“But the choice to renounce violence is not an easy one and they (the youths who have joined militancy) could find themselves between the devil and deep blue sea,” she said in one of the tweets.
She asserted that the fear of social stigma also clouds their (the youths’) judgment.
However, the Chief Minister assured the youths, who shun violence and return into mainstream that the State Government would secure their future and ensure that they were not harassed. “My Government is committed towards a Rehabilitation Policy that security future of the surrendered youths and ensures that they are not harassed,” Mehbooba said.
Asserting that it was family of the youth, who take to militancy, which suffers the most, the Chief Minister remarked that a mother’s love has prevailed and her impassionate appeal has helped in getting back Majid.
She was referring to the return of Majid Arshad, a college student and footballer from Anantnag district of Kashmir valley, who had joined Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit about 10 days back but surrendered today in South Kashmir after an emotional appeal by her mother asking Majid to return home went viral on social media and was also highlighted by many newspapers.