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 Urging local youths to give up violence, she said that “black laws” like AFSPA would be repealed from the state when the situation improves.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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First Published on: October 21, 2016 3:46 pm
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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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                    Neti Naut
                    Oct 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm
                    What would that do, but make militancy mainstream?
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                      Rakesh Kapoor
                      Oct 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm
                      Dr Abdul saheb if you attack security forces with stones and bricks , how do you think you will be responded ? Obviously Police has to defend itself by using the Pellet Guns given by the State.Simple isnt it, but not for Kashmiris because they are from Mars.
                      1. A
                        Oct 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm
                        How it is possible to bring back militant alive who is having weapons.To bring those militants alive their bullet cartridges should be made empty first till that they will not surrender and in process of making their cartridges empty to capture those 5 or 6 alive our 10 to 18 jawans will spare their lives for those militant youth lives.Though they brought those militants back and let free they will again go to the same process of snatching weapons then the state gov will repeat the same thing again and again.But loss will be on our jawns by both these militants and terrorist from pak.
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                          Sheik Mohamed
                          Oct 21, 2016 at 11:11 am
                          Why this double standard policy of Ms.Mufit who joined hands with saffronised party just for lust for power? Why she had not taken up this issue with central Government who unleashed terror against civilians through security agencies in the name of maintaining law and order/search operations, while they are still unable to stop infiltration of militants from stan side? Had she ever dared to question Saffronised party government at center and in Haryana, when the security agencies there were asked to remain in as mute spectators by them when properties worth crores of rupees were burned/torched which belongs to non jats/Government and women were also raped near Murthal in Delhi? Then why this step motherly treatment to Kashmiris who are also civilian protesters and faced gunshots/pellet guns.
                          1. S
                            Oct 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm
                            HOW ??
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                              Syed Ahmed
                              Oct 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm
                              World's largest democracy proving its farce.
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                                t d
                                Oct 21, 2016 at 3:43 pm
                                The Kashmir is an integral part of India and the stan is born out of India by way of Parion in 1947. The Shiekh Abdullah, first ruled the JandK and then his Son and Gson and Congress for a brief period and PDP led by Mufti Mohd Sayeed and now his daughter. The Kashmiris apart from enjoying special status represent in our Parliamentary democracy and enjoy the Central Funds and Special aids Their mindset Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat, Jamooriyat etc and trade practices with POK and other parts of stan have given us the head ache of terrorism. infiltration, subversions, false propaa against India and killing of our BSF, CRP, Army Jawans and Air Force Personnel. Has any one of these so called leaders shown any graude or sympathy towards our soldiers who lost their lives due to the said dastardly acts of terrorism. Now when the Armed Forces are taking firm action against these acts, she changed her stance and requesting to release all those children whom she referred as local militants. India shall not relax now and shall weed out this menace permanently.
                                1. V
                                  Oct 21, 2016 at 10:53 am
                                  “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.”lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What a helpless CM! She is forgetting that its her job to ensure this.
                                  1. V
                                    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                                    Good Initiative ,Please keep it up Mehabooba .We all are with you and pray to the god for your success.
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