Don’t make J&K a battleground; urges Mehbooba


BARAMULLAH: (J&K) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan to not to make the valley a battleground.
Mufti while speaking at the passing out parade of new Police constables here at Subsidiary Training Centre said that when the entire nation is reaching new heights, Jammu and Kashmir is moving in the opposite direction.

Mehbooba Mufti

“There is a lot of bloodshed at our border. The country is moving on the path of development, but the opposite is happening in the valley. I want to appeal the prime minister and Pakistan to not to make Jammu and Kashmir a battleground, but should try to make a friendly relation with the each other,” Mufti said.
Further stressing on the issue, the chief minister also said that the work of the Jammu and Kashmir Police is the toughest. “Jammu and Kashmir Police has the biggest challenges in front of them. They have to face their own people while maintaining law and order in the state and have to keep patience while dealing with it,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti said on Tuesday that four Kashmiri youths, who had taken to militancy, shunned the path of violence and returned to the mainstream in 2017.
Mehbooba said this in a written reply to a question of BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa in the Legislative Council. “Four misguided youths shunned the path of violence and returned to the mainstream. Efforts are being made to counsel the families of militants to convince their wards to give up violence,” she said.
The Chief Minister said her government had taken a number of steps to contain radicalization and extremism, and undertaken youth engagement activities, such as cricket tournaments. She said youth clubs had been set up at the police station level to train them in information technology and indoor games. She said surveillance on social media had been enhanced as the Internet plays a major role in radicalization of the youth.