April 2016 News

PM By Side, Mehbooba Says Kashmiris In Pain

19 April 2016
Greater Kashmir

Jammu: J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said people of Kashmir are in pain and sought the cooperation of Prime Minister NarendraModi in 'ending their sufferings.' Addressing a rally here, where Modi was also present, Mehbooba said 'providing sense of security to youth of J&K is one of my prime responsibilities.' 'We have witnessed several tragic incidents in the past, like in Baljarala in Rajouri, Chittisinghpora in Anantnag and more recently in Handwara, where innocent people have been fatally caught in the vortex of violence. We need to take immediate steps to bring a permanent end to this,' she said. Sharing the dais with PM first time after becoming J&K Chief Minister earlier this month, Mehbooba said the central and state governments will have to 'overcome the challenge and join hands to win hearts and minds of people, especially youth.' 'I have great hopes and expectations from my party's alliance with BharatiyaJanata Party. My father said on many occasions that when he shook hands with NarendraModi, he was, in fact, joining hands with a billion people of India who had reposed their faith in his leadership,' she said, promising to 'pick up the threads from where my father had left them.' The Chief Minister observed that even though J&K has been an 'epitome of plurality and cultural diversity', the 'pain and agony suffered by people of Jammu and Kashmir for the past 25 years continues to disturb me.' She said time has come to end the state's 'predicament and devise a new strategy that promises an era of sustainable peace and development.' The Chief Minister said once we are able to build trust among our youth, they will also be able to flourish and contribute in India. Comparing India's 'rise on the world stage' with that of its neighbours like Pakistan and Syria, Mehbooba said there are quick lessons to be learnt from the trail of death and destruction left behind by 'ethnic and sectarian violence.' 'The instability in these countries is in sharp contrast to strengthening of democratic institutions in India. Despite being homogenous societies, these countries have been unable to stem the rot, forcing people, like in case of Syria, to seek refuge out of their homelands,' she said. 'In Pakistan, the government is fighting against its own people Sunni kills Shia and vice-versa,' she told the rally after inauguration of Shri Vaishno Devi NarayanaSuperspeciality Hospital, 32 kms from Jammu. 'I am proud to live in a nation where people from different religions live in peace and harmony but there is a painThere is a pain in heart of Kashmir and we all have to heal it together. We need to heal it so that the youth of Kashmir flourish like those in rest of the country.' Referring to recent killings in Handwara town of north Kashmir, she expressed hope that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, her government will be able to restore peace in the state. She recalled her conversation with her late father Mufti Sayeed and said when talks for alliance between PDP and BJP were going on he had told her, 'I have held the hand of a person who has been made the Prime Minister of the country by crores of people.' Praising India for its 'global rise' as a 'Knowledge Society', the Chief Minister sought liberal financial assistance from Centre in the Higher Education segment to create enough employment opportunities to absorb the state's talented human resource. She also praised Mufti Sayeed's vision to promote academic excellence by establishing new universities like SMVDU, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University in Rajouri and Islamic University of Science and Technology at Awantipora. 'Creating opportunities of employment for our graduating students will remain the focus of my attention,' she said. The Chief Minister described J&K as a 'Miniature India, chosen by Lord Shiva and Mata Vaishno Devi as their abode.'