Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday assured the Legislative Assembly that the probe ordered into the killing of two civilians at Shopian two days ago would be taken to logical conclusion.
Winding up the discussion on an Adjournment Motion on these killings in the House, the Chief Minister said nobody countenances such killings which only impairs and slow down the political process in the State. She said an FIR was lodged against the guilty immediately after the incident took place, and the Deputy Commissioner, Shopian was ordered to conduct a magisterial probe and come up with its report within 15 days.
Mehbooba Mufti said within moments of learning about the incident she rang up Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi who, she said, shared her anguish and assured to take appropriate measures. She said Army as an institution has done a great job but the grace of an institution only enhances once the black sheep within are identified and weeded out.
The Chief Minister said during her Unified Headquarters meetings she has been stressing upon all security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and ensure that no collateral damage takes place while operating.
Sharing the concern of the House over the civilian killings, the Chief Minister said the entire State is anguished over the killings, which she said, have the potential to impair the political process in the State. Incidents like Shopian remind us that we cannot afford confrontation at any level and there is an urgent need to engage in a meaningful dialogue at all levels, she said, adding that there is no alternative to dialogue within the State and between India and Pakistan because it is the people of Jammu & Kashmir who are facing the brunt of this acrimony and paying in terms of human and material losses.
She also slammed previous UPA governments at the Centre for not carrying forward the peace initiatives of Atal Behari Vajpayee government during their ten-year rule at the Centre. “During UPA government, I did not see any progress on Confidence Building Measures, reports of Working Group etc.,” she said, adding that “everything had stopped at that time.”
Leader of the opposition in Legislative Assembly Omar Abdullah expressed concern over the situation in the state and offered all support of National Conference if she has any plans to stop the bloodshed in the state. He accused Mehbooba Mufti of playing politics on dead bodies.