Mehbooba Mufti Delivers speech on Independence Day

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Tuesday, August, 16 2016 - 15:48

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addressed the public on Independence at Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar asking youth to help her Government to “restore peace and save lives” in Kashmir.

As many as 60 civilians were killed and over 6000 injured in action by forces during the past 38 days of unrest, post Burhan encounter on July 8.

“Violence has not yielded anything so far. We saw it in 1990, 2008 and 2010. Guns only invite other kinds of guns. Many steps were taken in 2010 but nothing was achieved. This time I promise steps will be taken,” she said. 

Without naming the separatists, the Chief Minister accused them of using “young children as a shield in the protests”.

“I promise justice in cases of excesses. What about those who place kids in the front with the notion that security forces will not act? These kids stop employees from going to offices and women from attending to hospitals. They are among us and they are my piece of heart, but what can one do?”

“People of J&K aren’t bad, neither are people of our country. Somewhere the mistakes were committed by our leadership and the leadership of the country from Jawaharlal Nehru till date and all political parties. It is their mistake,” said Mehbooba in her 53-minute speech at the stadium. 

“I hope that unlike 2008 and 2010, this time Kashmir’s political, social and economic problems will be addressed by talking to everybody,” said Mehbooba as she appealed to the leadership of New Delhi and Islamabad to come together for lasting peace and development of J&K.



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