Instead of encounters, try to bring back youths to mainstream: Mehbooba Mufti on local militants

"I request the police to try to bring them back to their homes," said Mufti.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Updated: October 21, 2016 6:27 pm
Mehbooba mufti, Jammu and kashmir, Kashmir militants, Kashmir unrest, Kashmir local militants Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. PTI Photo

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday urged the police to try to bring back to mainstream the youths who have fled their homes to join militancy, instead of their being killed in encounters. In remarks which come in the wake of a prolonged unrest in the Valley triggered by gunning down of local Hizbul militant Burhan Wani, she said, “Those who have taken up arms or those who have not but are missing from their homes and want to join militancy, they are local boys.

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“I request the police to try to bring them back to their homes. Instead of their being killed in encounters, if it is possible to bring them back, make them a part of the mainstream, give them bats, balls and good education, instead of guns.”

Mehbooba, who was speaking at the Police Commemoration Day function at Armed Police Complex in Zewan on the outskirts of the summer capital here, said that such youths needed hand-holding.

She stressed that ending militancy and restoring peace were a prerequisite for repealing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and for seeking start of dialogue process in the state.

“We cannot force anyone to have dialogue on gun-point, stones or by lathis,” she said adding that only when there is a “conducive” atmosphere she can go to Delhi with her “head held high”. Urging local youths to give up violence, she said that “black laws” like AFSPA would be repealed from the state when the situation improves.

“When the situation improves here, we will end the black laws. For that we have to create an atmosphere first. I know that today the situation is not such, but tomorrow, a year after… we have to repeal AFSPA as we cannot keep it in force forever.

“How can I do it today? There is infiltration, there are encounters. We have to end militancy and create peace in Jammu and Kashmir so that we can repeal AFSPA from some areas here,” she said.

The Chief Minister said the police should deal with militants but civilians should not be troubled.

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    IML sood
    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm
    Why these anti national don't understand if not Mufti any other CM in JandK can not allow these pro stan youths to attack para and other police force and these forces have every right to defend them and other people from these unlawful elements.Do these maroon take no lesson from Middle East where they are flighting among themselves to finish each other. Instead of narrow point of view advise these stray youth to see their future because this violence will finish them in long run.
    1. M
      Oct 21, 2016 at 10:52 am
      she is right but she shall first look at what her govt is doing in kashmir
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        Aftab Ahmad
        Oct 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm
        Black laws... Same for India
        1. M
          Oct 21, 2016 at 10:59 am
          who is this lady? still she counted as a CM? all JK MLA/CM/Ministers taking ry, but are they going to embly or doing any duties? easy money making. Modiji / Jaitleyji, aap dono ke raaj me keya horaha hai?
          1. R
            Oct 21, 2016 at 2:27 pm
            Kashmiri mindset: Let someone else's son/daughter die for your ambitions, while you remain safe and emplo and keep earning. Build your own property and let someone's 13 year old son die. Someone else's son is always more easy to sacrifice than your own? These 12 workers better start sacrificing their own families from now on. They send their own sons/daughters abroad to study and keep other people's kids illiterate and let them throw their lives away in militancy.
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              Dr Abdul
              Oct 21, 2016 at 11:21 am
              She is taking revenge from Kashmiris for her sister's kidnapping and has let loose reign of terror by using pellet guns, m arrests using psa and. Afspa and now crackdowns least she could have done some remedial measures for those innocent people killed or blinded by her forces
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                l s
                Oct 21, 2016 at 12:43 pm
                Let the law take it's own course. No mercy to be shown to these youth, whose parents cannot control or encouraging them. Put them in jail for a long time, these anti-nationals do not deserve any leneinecy.
                1. A
                  Oct 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm
                  In Kashmir Pallets guns are used. In Baluchistan BULLET guns and Helicopters are used.
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