Children being used to create trouble in Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti

Mufti said violence cannot resolve any issue and dialogue is the only way forward.

Srinagar: Amid the unrest in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said violence cannot resolve any issue and dialogue is the only way forward.

She also said there was an "issue in the minds" of the people and it needs to be addressed.

Mehbooba, in an interview to a private TV news channel, said: "Many forces have come together to vitiate atmosphere, send children to various areas to create trouble."

"Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) used to say bullets and grenades cannot solve issues. Gun has not changed anything. There is no way out other than dialogue," Mehbooba said.

Referring to the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley, she said everyone should "feel the pain" of the future generation. "Those who have other ideology should also feel the pain of the younger generation getting affected. What do you want to achieve by this (violence)? What Azadi (freedom), what Pakistan or what India," she said.

Mehbooba said the security forces have been able to contain the situation but there was an issue in the minds of the people which needs to be addressed.

"We brought in security forces and they contained the situation. But there is an issue which is in the minds. It has to be addressed," she added.

The Chief Minister also spoke about destruction of public property during the clashes after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Bhurhan Wani on July 8 saying it was a setback to development process.

"Why attack police stations, court and other buildings. We will have to rebuild them later," she said.

( Source : PTI )
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