June 2016 News

Attacks Show Ultras' Desperation: CM

4 June 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said today that the recent attacks once again show the desperate levels to which the militants can go to disrupt peace and normalcy in the state. The Chief Minister said this while expressing her anguish over the killing of two policemen in Anantnag district on Saturday. 'Violence is a zero sum game, which does not solve any problem, but gives rise to more complexities,' she said, adding that only the weak resort to killings. 'The security forces personnel and the policemen, who are performing difficult duties not out of choice, but to earn bread and butter for their families, are losing their precious lives in such dastardly attacks,' she said, adding, 'one fails to understand why unsuspecting cops should fall prey to this senseless violence'. She also praised the security forces and police for exercising restraint to ensure that the innocent civilians don't fall victim to any retaliatory action. Mehbooba said the perpetrators of bloodbath must realise that it was not through the gun and grenade that political problems were resolved. 'Such killings cannot deter the resolve of the government in moving ahead to bring peace and normalcy to the state and end the miseries of its people,' she said. Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti today visited the Frontier Headquarters of the Border Security Force (BSF) at Humhama where she laid a wreath on the mortal remains of the three BSF personnel killed in a militant attack in south Kashmir's Bijbehara on Friday. The Chief Minister expressed solidarity with the Director General, BSF, KK Sharma, who was present there. Recalling the sacrifices of the security forces in combating militancy in the state, Mehbooba said such dastardly acts of senseless violence were against the basic tenets of humanity and they should be condemned by one and all. '... I hope that the perpetrators will be taken to task soon,' she said. The Chief Minister said such attacks were attempts by vested interests to derail the peace and reconciliation process started by the state government in Jammu and Kashmir, which would also impact the economy at a time when the tourism activity had started picking up in the state.