Appeals country’s leadership to display statesmanship to let JK come out of this vicious cycle
Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep anguish and grief over the death of five civilians at Shopian on Sunday during clashes which erupted after the gunfight in Shopian.
In a statement, the Chief Minister said it sounds very depressing to note that our State is losing young lives to the unending cycle of violence who could otherwise be utilized for a positive contribution to the State. She said today’s deaths have brought a stark fact to fore that gun, either way of a militant or that of security forces, is no solution for resolving issues.
“I have reiterated it time and again that political issues need political interventions”, she said while appealing youth that their energies, youthfulness, dreams and aspirations are far more important and sacred to the society than their dead bodies or graves.
The Chief Minister appealed all sections of civil society, media, students, parents and other stakeholders to rise to this critical occasion, play their role and help in putting an end to this cycle of bloodshed in the State.
Mehbooba reiterated her stand that issues in Jammu & Kashmir can be resolved only through a sustained dialogue between all stakeholders. She said the three decades’ long violence in the State is a testimony to the fact that guns from either side cannot ensure peace but a compassion driven reconciliation process based on mutual respect surely can.
In this regard, the Chief Minister appealed the national leadership of the country to show the element of compassion and empathy as required by the present day situation here and display the statesmanship to get Jammu & Kashmir out of the quagmire of killings by engaging in a meaningful dialogue in the State.
“The sooner it happens, the more we can get our State out of the vicious cycle of killings and destruction”, she added.
Five civilians and as many militants were killed in the gun fight that took place in Shopian on Sunday. The civilians were killed in clashes which followed the gun fight.
Among the killed militants was Saddam Padder, a top Hizb commander and the missing Assistant Professor of the Kashmir University Dr. Mohammad Rafi Bhat.
Reacting over the killing of the professor, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said that his death is the answer to those who say that jobs is the solution to violence and alienation in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a shutdown on Monday against the continuous bloodshed in Kashmir. The leadership has also asked the people to march towards the civil secretariat and hold a peaceful sit there.