By closing schools, Hurriyat wants to create a community of illiterates: Mehbooba Mufti

CM Mehbooba Mufti said Friday that Pakistan should take an initiative to resume dialogue with India as war was not a solution to any problem.

Written by Arun Sharma | Udhampur | Updated: October 29, 2016 9:34 am
mehbooba mufti, Hurriyat, kashmir schools, schools shut in kashmir, J&K CM mehbooba mufti, latest news, indian express news J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti blamed the Hurriyat for the stone pelting protesters. (Source: PTI Photo)

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Friday said separatists were forcing schools to remain closed because they want to create a community of illiterate which could be used for stone-pelting. Speaking at the passing-out parade of probationary DSPs in Udhampur, she asked the graduating officers to not look upon children on the streets as stone-pelters or miscreants, but as younger brothers or friends who needed their counselling and help. “First they (separatists) thought that if children remain illiterate, they will pick up the gun. But then they realised that in the last 25 years, people have understood that nothing can be achieved through the gun.

So, they now want to create a community of illiterate children for pelting stones. They want them to not only indulge in stone-pelting, but pelt them in such a way that it ends up taking their own lives,’’ she said.

“These children they send to attack camps of Army or CRPF and police stations are from a poor background. It does not matter to them if they get killed or injured,’’ she said. “Once they had put guns in the hands of such children and today they are using them as shields… the children getting killed or injured are of a tender age and from poor families. I have not seen any of the leaders or their children among them,’’ she added. Addressing the graduating officers, Mehbooba said that when they move out of the police academy, the biggest challenge before them will not be militants, but these stone-pelting children. “More than policing, you will have to do parenting,” she said.

She asked them not to look at these children as miscreants and make efforts to persuade them into returning to schools. “These children need counselling and help,’’ she added. She also appreciated the role of the state police in dealing with unruly mobs over the past three-and-a-half months.

‘Pak should take initiative for talks’

CM Mehbooba Mufti said Friday that Pakistan should take an initiative to resume dialogue with India as war was not a solution to any problem. “Like civilised nations, we shall talk to each other and I feel Pakistan should take the initiative,’’ she said.

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  1. Khushminder
    Oct 29, 2016 at 2:51 am
    Why Mohbooba Mufti not saying to stan leave us alone we can sort our problems here. We donot want to be ociated with stan. You are a failed state. We are better of here? Why she is talking talking to stan, does she want freedom?
    1. R
      Oct 29, 2016 at 11:15 am
      why not use alternative means of rducation?
      1. M
        Oct 29, 2016 at 4:40 am
        It's quite embarrment and disgusting that one sitting CM telling one terrorist Hurriyat, " why you shut down school " . J and K people must have learned by this time that, what ber mistake they have done by giving votes to her party. BJP / PDP tooks 4 months to form a Govt, but could not run the govt few months. This is called Indian democracy and we compare the growth with china. Is China will allow to speak Hurriyat this way or will he live there freely ?
        1. I
          Oct 29, 2016 at 3:32 am
          MM is playing politics. This is happenong over and over...whether she was in power or anyone else. Today she is claiming to be worried about the future of younger generations and always saying no one has died or got injured from the political cl or rich in the valley.....same goes for her family as well , when she was in opposition or no where in the L A , at that time same turmoil was there . in 2010 she made itto every house to defame the then Govt and never pla any constructive role to stop killings or stome pelting. Above all her father releasied hard core militants in exchange and added to the problems of the state and the then government.......its very easy to preach.....
          1. Gopal Das
            Oct 29, 2016 at 6:24 am
            Why Mehbooba Mufti gives stress for talks with PAK and all other stake holders? Even a child know what is their intention, what talks they are going to initiate. These are in no way going to increase her pority. Better go on military measures to control violence, enhance intelligence and spynetwork.
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