Don’t Kill ‘Misguided’ Youth in Encounters, Mehbooba To Police

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Srinagar: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Friday asked police to try its best to bring back ‘misguided’ youth who have fled their homes to join militancy in recent years and show patience in crowd control management during street protests.

“Such ill-advised youth should be a given a chance to return to their families and live normal lives,” Mehbooba said addressing a police function here. “These are all our children who have been misguided and have fallen prey to the unfortunate circumstances and need more of parenting rather than policing. They can be also provided counselling on how to make a new beginning in their lives.”

She asked police to try to bring back these youth and instead of choosing to kill them in encounters so that such youth are brought back into the mainstream.

Regretting the killings of a teacher at Khrew, an ATM guard and a minor youth Junaid during the current unrest in Kashmir, she said all the incidents of wrong-doing will be inquired and investigated to ascertain the facts following which action as warranted shall be taken. “There have been instances where we made mistakes,” she said.  “Cases like death of Junaid in Safakadal and a lecturer in Khrew area of Pulwama and an ATM Guard in Chattabal area should have not happened.”

She said she has already taken up the issue of innocent killings and perpetrators of such killings would be sternly punished.

Asking Police to show restraint to the extent of even sacrificing their lives for securing the lives of children Mehbooba said Pakistan too has to respond positively to the current situation in Kashmir as the problems erupting in Pakistan have a direct bearing on the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Pakistan has to understand that the two countries share the border and to bring peace in the region, start a dialogue, the infiltration must stop,” She said the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) would be removed from the Kashmir Valley over a period of time only after militancy stops in the state.

Mehbooba said despite war like situation the trans-border movements at Wagah is continuing as usual Mehbooba said its only Kashmir where peace is disturbed by India Pakistan hostility and disruption of bilateral dialogue.

Claiming that the current trouble in Kashmir won’t last long Chief Minister said “small children pelting stones on streets have not to negotiate the Kashmir settlement but it is the top leadership in New Delhi and Islamabad who have to reconcile and look for a workable settlement on Kashmir.

Reiterating that her government is committed to repeal draconian laws like AFSPA Mehbooba said the current trouble in Kashmir has come in the way of the implementation of the Agenda of alliance which manly includes the settlement of draconian laws.

Mehbooba Mufti also came out strongly against stone-pelting protesters in the valley saying it won’t resolve the Kashmir issue.

Mehbooba said her government wants to ban the use of pellet guns and sought cooperation of police saying they should "tolerate" and refrain from using such weapons as the protests will not continue forever.

Paying rich tributes to the slain police personnel, Mehbooba said the state will always remember their sacrifices rendered for upholding the law, safety and security of the people.

“I salute our martyrs and their families for sacrificing in the line of duty and pray for their eternal peace”, she said.

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