Your Challenge Is A 10-yr Old Boy on Street,’ CM Tells Police

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SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Friday said the policing in Jammu & Kashmir involves many challenges as, more than just law and order, the police force has to deal with extraordinary situations in J&K unlike other states.

“I must admit that our police force works in very peculiar and difficult circumstances unlike their counterparts in other states,” the Chief Minister said while addressing the cadets at the Attestation-cum-Passing out Parade of 17 Probationer Dy SPs and 106 Prosecuting Officers at the Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA), in Udhampur, an official spokesperson said this evening.

Felicitating the cadets for successfully passing out from the academy as officers, the Chief Minister said it shall mark a new beginning for them and they need to prove their mettle, be worthy of the uniform that they are clad in.

Complementing the excellence shown by the women cadets during their training period, the Chief Minister said that women in police force are second to none in performing professional duties in an efficient manner and have an important role to play.

Observing that being part of the police force, gives one the best opportunity to serve the nation, Chief Minister said that it is the police that brings a sense of security to the people.

She added that the state of Jammu & Kashmir presents itself as a beautiful land of diversity that exhibits a unique sense of oneness and brotherhood, which is also reflected and symbolized in our police force.

Chief Minister said that when the nation was being divided on the basis of religious lines, Jammu & Kashmir provided a unique window rejecting the religious divide and sided with India on the basis of multi-culturalism, secularism and inclusiveness.

And unfortunately it was the baggage of 70 years of that division that J&K has been carrying along, resulting in colossal tragedies to the state. “The problems we are facing today were inherited from the partition,” she said.

Putting emphasis on better policing, Chief Minister told the cadets that it is not only policing that they shall need to carry out, but also parenting, especially to the misadvised youth who present a bigger challenge.

“Your challenge is the 10 year old boy on the street with whom you need to deal with more compassion and as a younger sibling”, she said. She emphasized that since common people in the state have realized the futility of the gun resulting in waning of militancy over years, “forces averse to peace are now instigating youngsters to violence with stones.”

Ms Mehbooba said that war is no solution to the problem and that Pakistan should initiate dialogue for peace.

“Jung kisi masley ka hal nahin hai, ultimately humein dosti kar leni chahiye (War is no solution, ultimately we have to form a friendly relationship). Pakistan should initiate dialogue instead of indulging in cross border firing,” she said. “India and Pakistan need to sit together like civilised nations and talk, and I think there is a need for Pakistan to take the initiative,” she added.

Referring to the recent turmoil in the Kashmir valley and particularly its impact on the education sector, the Chief Minister said that certain people have utilized school going children for their vested interests by keeping them away from schools.

Expressing pain and anguish on the recent reports of schools being gutted down, the Chief Minister made a pointed reference to the ones instigating poor children and misguiding them to violence with the aim that any reaction, if, leading to injuries or fatalities would become a feeder to prolong the turmoil, which has over a period of time only brought miseries to the people. She added that students are keen to attend schools but fear intimidation by miscreants.

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